Marine who raised first flag on Iwo Jima dies at 94

First Lt. John Keith Wells, the Marine commander responsible for raising the first flag atop Mt. Suribachi, died on February 11, just days shy of the 71th anniversary of his time on Iwo Jima.

“He was a very warm, sensitive, spiritual man, all the way to age 94,” Connie Schultz, Wells’s daughter, told Denver 7.

He was also tough as nails. “Give me 50 men not afraid to die, and I can take any position,” Wells said during the transit to Iwo Jima.

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