The U.S. Marine Corps has officially corrected photographic history this week. After a formal investigation, the Corps is admitting that one of the men in AP photographer Joe Rosenthal’s iconic WWII photograph “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” has been misidentified for the past 71 years.
The misidentified man, Navy Pharmacist’s Mate 2nd Class John Bradley, is not depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, the Marine Corps announced Thursday. The man we’re pointing to in the photo above is, in fact, Private 1st Class Harold Schultz.
The investigation was launched almost a year after a couple of amateur historians, Eric Krelle and Stephen Foley, used other photos as evidence to raise doubts about the identity of two of the soldiers, one of them Bradley. They claimed that Bradley’s pants, helmet, and belt didn’t match those of the man identified as Bradley in the iconic photo.