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November 9, 2012 at 6:00 AM

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Postcards from the past: General Doolittle visits, 1945


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All the way up Second Avenue, as the parade swept smoothly by with Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle seen waving and grinning from an open car.

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These three men were on Mount Suribachi when the flag was raised there on Feb. 23, 1945. Left, Jack Bradley, Navy pharmacist's mate, and Pfc. Rene Gagnon, right, helped hoist the flag and appear in the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal. Staff Sgt. Keys Beech, combat correspondent, center, witnessed the event. They talked to the Seattle crowd at Victory Square, while the Suribachi flag flew overhead.

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Tattered and stained, the famous flag of Mount Suribachi whips in the wind above Victory Square while General Doolittle speaks. This is the flag which heroic troops hoisted on Iwo Jima.

Rain began to fall as the parade ended, and the uniforms of the guests of honor, on the unprotected stand soon were dripping wet. But Doolittle and the others endured the discomfort, and the huge audience stayed to hear every word. ~ The Seattle Times, June 13, 1945


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