Historical Video & Reference

Bill Genaust Full flag-raising video reel

This raw, silent footage from Iwo Jima includes some of the most famous motion picture film shot in WWII: the second U.S. flag raising on top of Mount Suribachi. It was filmed by William Homer “Bill” Genaust of Effingham IL (October 12, 1906 – March 4, 1945) a United States Marine Corps combat cameraman. Genaust was later killed in action on Iwo Jima.


Building of the Monument-Naval History Video

Uncommon Valor: Exemplary documentary looks at the inspiration behind the design of the Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon.

Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UM-23.


Restoration of the Iwo Jima Monument

In the late 1940s private funds helped launch the development and construction of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. After nearly 70 years, it’s just finished it’s first major restoration.


US Marine Corps War Memorial

The making of and the meaning behind the massive monument in Arlington, Va.

Close-ups of the Statue and strong voice-over narrative


Shooting Iwo Jima | World War II Documentary

Documentary on the filming of the Marine Corps famous battle.
Smithsonian Channel Documentary.



Newly Identified Flag-raiser Harold Pie Keller- Daughter Kay Maurer Interview- Martha MacCallum Fox News The story

Interview with Pie Kellers daughter Kay Maurer in 2019 covering her fathers newly identified position as one of the Iwo Jima flag-raisers.