Photo: Navy Swim Team Recreates Marine Corps Memorial at Bottom of Pool

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Members of the U.S. Naval Academy's Men's Swimming and Diving team reenact the raising of an American flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. (credit: U.S. Naval Academy Men's Swimming and Diving Team Senior Class)

credit: U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Swimming and Diving Team Senior Class

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — On February 23, 1945 a group of United States Marines and a member of the U.S. Navy raised an American flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The moment was captured by Joe Rosenthal whose photograph became one of the most iconic and cherished images of the 20th century.

Sixty-eight years later, a photo of the U.S. Naval Academy swimming and diving team paying homage to the unforgettable moment in a profound and unique way is creating massive buzz on social media.

Swim team members reenacted the raising of the flag at the bottom of a pool and posted the photo on Twitter Wednesday. The caption reads simply, “Navy Men’s Swimming and Diving at its finest.”

Rosenthal’s photo won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Photography and became the inspiration for the Marine Corps War Memorial.

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