So, my very first post is about SSgt. Mike Strank of the USMC. I adore this man! I absolutely love every Veteran, but this man has special little spot in my heart. ;) (I don’t know if that’s wrong or something, but hey…)
Anyways, Sergeant Michael Strank (10 Nov 1919–1 Mar 1945) was one of the six Marines who raised the second flag on Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. He died on Iwo Jima on 1 March 1945 when his squad came under heavy fire and was hit by friendly fire by an American shell. His death made him the first—but certainly not the last—man photographed raising the flag to die in battle.
When his men (buddies) were interviewed later in life, they would eventually come upon the phrase, while describing him, ‘a Marine’s Marine’.