Joe Rosenthal was one of the most famous war photographers
of our time. People have several reasons why they think World
War II started and the most well-known theory is that Adolf
Hitler wanted domination of Europe and he had the assistance
of the Nazi Party to attempt to achieve this goal.
Photographer Joe Rosenthal
In 1939 Hitler invaded Poland and as a result,
France and Great Britain declared war on Germany. This led to
World War II and in the beginning of the War, the United States
didn't get involved.
However, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, the
United States declared war on Germany and Japan, and in 1944
American soldiers invaded Normandy's beaches. The war ended
in 1945 after Hitler's suicide and after Germany and Japan surrendered.
The one photographer who captured this victory was Joe Rosenthal.
Joe Rosenthal was a photographer who earned a
Pulitzer Prize for the World War II photo "Raising the
Flag on Iwo Jima", which occurred during the Battle of
Iwo Jima. In order to take this historic photo, Rosenthal piled
stones and a sandbag so he could stand on a tall surface to
take the picture. Rosenthal was born in Washington D.C. and
as a young adult he relocated to San Francisco, where he graduated
from the University of San Francisco.
In 1945 he became a photographer for the Associated
Press and it was during this time that he captured revealing
photos of American soldiers during World War II. According to
his obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Pulitzer committee
called this photo "a frozen flash of history" and
that it depicted the "war's greatest moment."
The obituary also stated that "Raising the
Flag at Iwo Jima" is the best-known combat photo of World
War II. Rosenthal's photo has been reproduced on postage stamps
and it was used as a symbol of the war during a bond drive that
raised $26.3 billion.
But it wasn't just the historic Iwo Jima photo
that was a highlight of Joe Rosenthal's career. Throughout the
war he took various pictures of the Marines as they performed
their duties through the South Pacific. Rosenthal also worked
as a photographer for The San Francisco Chronicle from 1946
His daughter Anne said about him, "He had
more persistence than anyone I ever knew and he cared about
his work." Rosenthal died in 2006 and that year he was
posthumously given the Distinguished Public Service Medal.
The Rumor Mill
The rumor mill has hacked up an un-factual nugget
about Joe Rosenthal that basically stated that he used to like
to take out of focus pictures of Frisbees and then prank phone
call Orson Wells and tell him the aliens were invading.