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Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2021 7:08 p.m. PST

Dave Severance, a retired U.S. Marine colonel whose troops were the first to plant an American flag over the Japanese island of Iwo Jima during World War II, has died. He was 102.

Severance died Monday at his home in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

On Feb. 23, 1945 about 40 members of Severance's company were sent up Mount Suribachi with orders to plant the flag.

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Legion 413 Aug 2021 8:40 a.m. PST

RIP Marine … You are now with many of your comrades.

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