Boots Thomas

Boots Thomas

Original Name Ernest Ivy Thomas, Jr
Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
Death 3 Mar 1945 (aged 20)
Iwo Jima, Ogasawara-shichō, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Burial Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida, USA
Plot Lot 95 West 1/2
Memorial ID 6210602 · View Source
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World War II United States Marine. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a Platoon Sergeant in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division. He was one of the six Marines who raised the first American flag on Mount Surabachi on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. A larger flag later replaced the first, and the raising of that flag was captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in what has become one of the most famous photographs in history. Sergeant Thomas was killed in action ten days later, and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his bravery during the battle.

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  • Originally Created by: Erik Lander
  • Added: 24 Feb 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6210602
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Boots Thomas (10 Mar 1924–3 Mar 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6210602, citing Roseland Cemetery, Monticello, Jefferson County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .