Joe Rosenthal, The Associated Press photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize for his immortal image of World War II servicemen raising an American flag over battle-scarred Iwo Jima, has died. He was 94. He was found dead August 20, 2006 in his bed at his home in the Atria Tamalpais Creek assisted living center in Novato. He died of natural causes, said his daughter, Anne Rosenthal. “He was a good and honest man, he had real integrity,” she said.
Rosenthal’s iconic photo, shot on Feb. 23, 1945, became the model for the Iwo Jima Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The memorial, dedicated in 1954 and known officially as the Marine Corps War Memorial, commemorates the Marines who died taking the Pacific island in World War II. The photo was listed in 1999 at No. 68 on a New York University survey of 100 examples of the best journalism of the century. The image is still regarded as a symbol of the fighting spirit of the Marine Corps.