Smithsonian reveals “Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima”

The U.S. network has set a July 3 premiere for Lucky 8 TV's forensic investigative special The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima. (Pictured: U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Harold Schultz)
June 24, 2016

U.S. net Smithsonian Channel has set a July 3 air date for Lucky 8 TV’s forensic investigative special The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima.

The hour-long doc will present never-before-seen evidence to uncover the identity of U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. and Purple Heart recipient Harold Schultz (pictured) as the previously unknown serviceman in the iconic flag-raising photograph taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima in the Second World War. The findings were confirmed by the United States Marine Corps.

The film will also document the efforts undertaken by two feature film military technical advisors, two amateur historians and an Omaha World-Herald reporter to correctly identify all six soldiers captured in the seminal photo through an official investigation.

Additionally, it will chronicle the story of the battle on the Japanese volcano island, the men behind the image and reveal that Navy Corpsman John “Doc” Bradley – the focus of Clint Eastwood’s feature film Flags of Our Fathers – participated in the first and lesser-known flag raising on Iwo Jima.

The six Marines depicted in the photograph include Schultz, Rene Gagnon and Ira Hayes, alongside Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley and Michael Strank – the latter three were killed in action over the next few days.

Lucky 8′s Simon Boyce, Kimberly Woodard, Greg Henry and Isaac Holub serve as executive producers, alongside Smithsonian’s Tim Evans, Charles Poe and David Royle. Joel Patterson also serves as executive producer for Letter 10 Productions.

The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima is set to premiere on July 3 at 9 p.m. EST/PST across Smithsonian Channel.

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