Joe Rodriguez, best known for his membership in the Marine company that raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima during World War II, died at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was 77.

A photo of Marines raising the flag was captured by photographer Joe Rosenthal and immediately became a symbol of American valor. The image later was repeated in a marble monument near Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Rodriguez was not among the Marines captured in that photo, but he is part of a group of them photographed afterward, standing in front of the already raised flag. According to Rodriguez, Rosenthal then asked some Marines to raise the flag again for another photo.

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