</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Jim68134 @ Mar 20 2003, 07:24 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> The most famous is the Mt. Sarubuchi raising of the flag which was actually a recreation of of the actual event with a much bigger American flag.
There have been many stories about the flag raising captured in this picture and I'm not sure that we'll ever know for sure which is correct. The one I've chosen to believe is as follows.
The first flag raised was a small flag. The Marine General in charge of the landing saw it there but said it was, "Too damn small, get a bigger flag up there."
Like any good marines, the saluted and found a large flag on one of the ships and had it brought to shore. The flag was then carried up to the summit through enemy fire (the mountain wasn't completely secured at the time), the smaller flag taken down, and the new one raised.
So, it wasn't a real recreation, it was the replacement of the original flag with a larger one.
It may not be the truth, but it is the story I like best.