Louis R. Lowery
|Louis R. Lowery|
|Born||July 24, 1916|
|Died||April 15, 1987(aged 70)|
|Place of burial||Quantico National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Battles/wars||Battle of Saipan
Battle of Tinian
Battle of Guam
Battle of Peleliu
Battle of Iwo Jima
Battle of Okinawa
|Awards||Purple Heart Medal (2)
Combat Action Ribbon
Presidential Unit Citation
|Other work||Leatherneck Magazine
United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association
Louis R. "Lou" Lowery (July 24, 1916 – April 15, 1987) was a United States Marine Corps photographer best known for taking the first flag-raising photograph on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. The first American flag raised and planted on Iwo Jima was too small to be seen easily from the nearby landing beaches, so a second, larger replacement flag with a longer and heavier flag pole was raised and planted by five Marines and a Navy corpsman resulting in the famous photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 1945.
He was the founder and former president of the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association (USMCCCA). He also was a photographic director of Leatherneck Magazine, a publication of the Marine Corps.
Lowery died on April 15, 1987 at age 70 from aplastic anemia. He is buried in Quantico National Cemetery in Prince William County, Virginia. He was portrayed by actor David Hornsby in the 2006 film Flags of Our Fathers.
First shot of the first flag raising by Lou Lowery: Sgt. Henry O. Hansen (cap) and PhM2c John Bradley (securing the flagpole), Pfc Raymond Jacobs (left, radioman), Platoon Sergeant Ernest I. Thomas, Jr. (seated), Cpl. Charles W. Lindberg (right, standing), and Pfc James Michels (carbine) on Mount Suribachi.
Second shot of same event by Lou Lowery: 1st lt. Harold G. Schrier is located crouched in back of Pfc Jacobs lower legs.
- "Louis R. Lowery Dies; Took Iwo Jima Picture". The New York Times. Associated Press. 1987-04-21. Retrieved 2010-05-11.
- Maslowski, Peter (1998). Armed With Cameras: The American Military Photographers of World War II. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-684-86398-6. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
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