Researchers find Iconic Iwo Jima photo from WWII features Iowan

BROOKLYN, Iowa - It's one of the most renowned photos in military history - the six men raising the American flag at Iwo Jima during World War 2.

Now more than 70 years later, the US Marine Corps says one man in the picture was actually from Brooklyn, Iowa.

(Photo Courtesy: KCRG-TV9)

Corporal Harold P. Keller's daughter and son-in-law live in Clarence, Iowa and tell KCRG-TV they received a call two years ago from historian Brent Westemeyer from Johnston, but it was something her dad never talked about.

Through extensive research, including facial recognition, investigators determined Keller had been mistaken as Private First Class Rene (REEN) Gagnon (GAG-nun) for more than 70 years.

Keller passed away from a heart attack in 1979, at the age of 57.

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