|James R. Michels|
Michels (in foreground with carbine) on Mount Suribachi
January 18, 1918|
|Died||January 17, 1982
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Rank||Private First Class|
|Unit||2nd Battalion, 28th Marines|
|Battles/wars||World War II
*Battle of Iwo Jima
|Awards||Combat Action Ribbon
Presidential Unit Citation
World War II Victory Medal
Private First Class James R. Michels (January 18, 1918 – January 17, 1982) was a former United States Marine who was part of the combat patrol that climbed up Mount Suribachi and raised the first American flag, during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, on February 23, 1945.
He took part in the Battle of Iwo Jima which began on February 19, 1945. On February 23, 1945, while serving with Company E, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, he was part of a 40-man combat patrol that climbed Mount Suribachi to help capture the summit and raise the American flag to signal the mountain was captured.
He returned to and lived in Riverside, Illinois after the war. He died there on January 17, 1982.
- On February 23, 1945, the American flag was raised twice on Mount Suribachi. The smaller first flag was raised in the morning and captured on film by U.S. Marine photographer Staff Sergeant Louis R. Lowery. The iconic second flag raising occurred around noon and was captured on film by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal. See Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.
- "America's Greatest Generation: Marine Heroes: Raymond Jacobs". World War II Stories — In Their Own Words. October 3, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-19.
- Marling, Karal Ann Marling and John Wetenhall (1991). Iwo Jima: Monuments, Memories, and the American Hero. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-46980-1.
- "Michels James R.". FindAGrave.com. Retrieved 2009-02-26.