Russell Islands
Clint Eastwood
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Ira Hayes
Harlon Block

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Michael Strank

Knowledge Identifier: +Michael_Strank


Michael Strank

Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was photographed raising the flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima add

Category: Military

Born in 1919.

Countries: United States (53%), Cuba (13%), Pennsylvania (13%)

Main connections: Cuba, Hawaii, Pennsylvania

Linked to: Bethlehem Steel




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Michael Strank was born in 1919 add something


He had become a U.S. citizen after his father's naturalization in 1935, but had never received official documentation add something


Strank attended the schools of Franklin Borough, Pennsylvania and graduated from high school in 1937 add something


He enlisted in the regular Marine Corps for four years at Pittsburgh on October 6, 1939 add something


Transferred to Provisional Company W at Parris Island on January 17, 1941, Strank, now a Private First Class, sailed for Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, arriving on the 23rd add something


In early April 1942, he moved with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines to San Diego, California, and shipped out on April 12 add something


On May 31, 1942, the Battalion landed on Uvea add something


With the Raiders, he participated in the landing operations and occupation of Pavuvu Island in the Russell Islands from February 21, 1943 until March 18, and in the seizure and occupation of the Empress Augusta Bay during the Battle of Bougainville from November 1 until January 12, 1944 add something

Michael Strank died in 1945 add something


After extensive training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and in Hawaii, Strank and his men were part of the amphibious landing on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, fighting with the 5th Marine Division in the battle to take that island add something


Franklin Sousley - Alongside John Bradley, Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon, Harlon Block, and Michael Strank, he assisted in raising a replacement flag on Mount Suribachi, on February 23, 1945, an iconic photograph immortalized by Joe Rosenthal


Michael Strank is prominently featured in the 2006 Clint Eastwood movie "Flags of Our Fathers", where he is played by Canadian actor Barry Pepper add something


In 2008, Gunnery Sergeant Matt Blais, who was a Marine security guard in the American Embassy in Slovakia, discovered that Strank was not a natural-born U. S. citizen add something


GySgt Blais petitioned the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on Strank's behalf and on July 29, 2008 Strank's youngest sister, Mary Pero, was presented with his certificate of citizenship in a ceremony at the Marine Corps War Memorial add something


In 2016 Radio and Television of Slovakia has filmed a document about Sgt. Strank called "Chlapec, ktorý chcel by? prezidentom" add something


It was aired for the first time on the 2nd May 2017 add something


In 2019, an English version of the documentary "Chlapec, ktorý chcel by? prezidentom" will be premiered in the United States under the title, "The Oath" add something