This Day In History: 1945-03-03
Many national newspapers published an Associated Press photo of marines in front of the American flag on top of Mount Suribachi. (This was not THE famous picture of the raising of the flag on February 23rd, but another, later photo). Among the marines was Cpr. Joseph R. Brennan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Brennan of Island Rd., Mahwah. The Marine was serving with Company C, fourth Engineer Battalion, Fourth Marine Division. He was to the rear of the group, directly in front of the flagstaff. He had been overseas for about seventeen months. This was his sixth island invasion. He had previously landed twice on the Marshalls, Saipan, Tinian and Tarawa. Brennan’s brother William was in the Army in Italy. He had been wounded twice while participating in the Anzio beachhead and the March on Rome.