I have received as have you Raymond Jacobs’ compelling photo essay documenting his claim to be the radioman who accompanied the patrol that raised the first flag over Mt Suribachi.
I am very impressed and, unless there is something I don’t know about, I think his claim should be recognized by publication of a suitably edited version of his essay.
During my many years as Director of Marine Corps History, claims by alleged members of either the first or second flag raising parties were a virtual annual event. Few of these claims had merit. Mr. Jacobs’ claim is a notable exception.