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Soldier misidentified in Iwo Jima flag-raising photo

(NBC) – The list of heroes immortalized in the iconic photo of the American flag being raised over Iwo Jima has been corrected again.

The Marine Corps stated on Wednesday that for 74 years, it had misidentified one of the six fighting men who appeared in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.

The admission came after three historians using film footage from atop Mount Suribachi and photos taken by other soldiers who were there, said that Cpl. Harold “Pie” Keller — not Pfc. Rene Gagnon — was one of the flag-raisers in the photo.

Keller, a Purple Heart recipient who fought in the biggest battles of the Pacific theater, was in the Rosenthal photo came as a shock to his family in Brooklyn, Iowa.

“He never spoke about any of this when we were growing up,” Keller’s daughter, Kay Maurer, 70, told NBC News. “We knew he fought in the war, we knew he was wounded in the shoulder at one point…But he didn’t tell us he helped raise the flag on Mount Suribachi.”

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