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 retired United States Marine Corps photographer best known for taking the first photographs of the first American flag that was flown on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. The flag was too small to be seen easily from the nearby landing beaches on Iwo Jima, so a second, larger replacement flag with a longer and heavier pipe was planted hours later resulting in the famous photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 1945.
Lowery 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. He died on April 15, 1987 at age 70 from aplastic anemia and is buried in Quantico National Cemetery in Prince William County, Virginia. In 2006, he was portrayed by actor David Hornsby in film Flags of Our Fathers.
The most circulated photos of the first flag flown on Mount Suribachi (Iwo Jima) during World War II, by SSgt. Lowery:
Mount Suribachi, 2/23/45: First known photo of the first flag flown on Mount Suribachi, by SSgt. Louis Lowery.
Left to Right: Lt Harold G. Schrier (flag raiser, crouched behind radioman's lower legs), Pfc Raymond Jacobs (radioman), Sgt. Henry "Hank" Hansen (cloth cap, looking downward, securing flag pipe with left hand), Unknown Marine (helmeted, securing flag pipe with right hand), Platoon Sgt. Ernest "Boots" Thomas (flag raiser, seated), PhM2c John Bradley, USN (helmeted, securing flag pipe with both hands), Pfc James Michels (holding carbine), Cpl. Charles W. Lindberg (standing above Michels).
Second photo by Lowery of same event: 1st lt. Harold G. Schrier (flag raiser) remains crouched behind Pfc Jacob's (radio) lower legs. Platoon Sgt. Thomas remains seated. Henry Hansen, cloth cap, holding pipe with left hand is now looking upward.
Pvt Harold Schultz (helmet) now appears in the photo at the lower left. Howard Synder now appears in the photo standing at the far right.
- "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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