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Officials have commissioned a U.S. Navy warship in honor of the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima, a 96-year-old war hero who looked on at the weekend ceremony.
At first, the men hoisting one of the first American flags on Japanese soil were anonymous symbols of the war effort - backs turned, faces obscured in the Associated Press photograph that would win a Pulitzer, signal triumph amid massive causalities and help finance World War II.
“Join the Navy and see the world,” the recruiting posters beckoned to Roger McCarthy in the summer of 1942. Two years later, on the morning of June 6, 1944, Roger McCarthy was in the English Channel aboard the battleship USS Nevada.
Some 79 years after he fell off a fishing boat and sank into obscurity, World War I veteran Henry Hartman finally had funeral services Thursday with full military honors in front of five generations of his family, most of whom he never got to meet.