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Sep 25, 2005

Mapping A Final Resting Place

A sixty year-old map of Iwo Jima,

carried home as a battlefield souvenir may hold the key to locating the remains of one of the most famous photographers in United States history. The map, which shows caves and enemy positions, was taken home by Michael P. Carrera, a veteran of the battle, as a war souvenir. Marine veteran Bob Bolus hopes to use the map along with modern day Global Position System devices, to locate the site of the cave where Sgt. Bill Genaust died.

Sgt. Genaust is the man that took the famous picture of U.S. Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. Nine days later, Sgt. Genaust was shot to death as he and other Marines checked Cave 362A for enemy troops. Sgt. Genaust never saw the results of his work and never knew how famous the shot would become. One of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps history, Iwo Jima continues to hold a unique fascination for Marines. Every year, veterans of that fierce battle return to remember what happened there, and those who died.

Complete article from Scranton Times-Tribune.