XBradTC beat us to it, so we’ll just link to them.
Now, MDL brought this to our attention: “Marine Who Raised Flag on Iwo Jima Dies at 94.”
“Give me 50 men not afraid to die, and I can take any position,” [1stLt John Keith] Wells said during the transit to Iwo Jima.
On February 19, 1945, he was ordered to lead the 3rd Platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division in an assault up the base of Mt. Suribachi. In keeping with his claim, he succeeded.
1st. Lt Wells’ platoon is believed to be the most decorated platoon in Marine Corps history for a single engagement. His individual awards included a Navy Cross, a Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart.
That’s a real Marine. RIP, sir.