A scarce set of three vintage lightweight 8 x 10 photos of survivors of the historic Iwo Jima flag raising, each posing with the flag they helped raise atop Mount Suribachi, each soldier signing his portrait in blue ink, “Ira H. Hayes / Pfc., U.S.M.C.,” “John H. Bradley Ph.M 2/C,” and “Pfc. R.A. Gagnon.” Some mild rippling to horizontal edges of each photo, as well as light edge curling, otherwise fine condition. Bradley, Gagnon, and Hayes were three of the six soldiers who planted a US flag atop Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima—an event captured on film by photographer Joe Rosenthal, which became one of the most familiar images of World War II. With three of the enlisted men killed in action within a month of the flag raising, President Franklin D. Roosevelt transferred the survivors to Washington, D. C. and ordered them to participate in the 7th War Bond Drive. Phenomenal images of three unlikely heroes who, along with their fallen comrades, became the collective ‘face’ of World War II. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.