In California, a petition has been filed by some retired Marines, to the Navy to name one of its new warships after the legendary photographer who was behind the iconic flag-raising event at Iwo Jima during World War II.
On Feb. 23, 1945, a group of Marines raised the US flag on Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, and there was a photographer, who raised the iconic flag raising event. Then 34-year-old American Joe Rosenthal was the person to take the iconic photo, as it became famous and later known as Marine Corps War Memorial.
Now the campaign is to honor the late legendary photographer Rosenthal, as he died on Aug. 20, 2006, there is an online petition has been gathered with more than 1,300 signatures, and most of them are the retired Marines, and few of them are even related to the World War II.
According to the campaign organizer, Tom Graves, Joe Rosenthal took one of the greatest photographs in American history, and yet there has been no such importance of him in history. Greaves also believes, if a ship is named after Joe Rosenthal, it will not only represent him, but also represent Iwo Jima, the Marines, and the Pacific Theater during the war.
Greaves is the one of the Marine Corps Correspondents Association based in San Francisco, and he is the one who is collecting the signatures from marine veterans and other too, who also have the intuition to collect thousands of more signatures before he could submit it to the Navy.