PINE GROVE — Margery Wheeler Mattox shared audio cassette tapes and records kept by her late brother, Pine Grove author Richard Wheeler, with military researchers who recently corrected the identity of a second Marine raising the flag at Iwo Jima.

The researchers were seeking evidence to identify service members in the iconic flag-raising photo taken Feb. 23, 1945, by Associated Press photographer Joseph Rosenthal at the summit of Mount Suribachi during World War II. That photo of six men was used as the model for the bronze Marine's memorial statue in Arlington Ridge, Virginia. There was another flag raising earlier that day with a smaller flag.

The names of those in the Rosenthal photo caption have been corrected twice before.

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Editor’s Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community, in June 2016.

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