Rene Gagnon

Mar 7, 1925 - Oct 12, 1979

René Arthur Gagnon was a United States Marine Corps corporal who participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. He is best known for being one of the six flag-raisers who helped raise the second U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945 as shown in the iconic photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.
The Marine Corps War Memorial located in Arlington, Virginia, which was modeled after the flag-raising photograph, depicts bronze statues of each of the six Marine flag-raisers.
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