POSTED: Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 12:11pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 2:59pm
NBC VOD — A veteran of World War II whom was credited with providing the flag in the famous flag-raising on Iwo Jima has died.
Alan Wood was a 22 year old Navy Officer in charge of communications when a marine asked him for the biggest flag he could find.
After five days of intense fighting to capture the Japanese held island, United States forces managed to scale Mount Suribachi to hoist an American flag.
Five marines and a navy corpsman raised the flag in a stirring moment captured in an iconic photo.
Alan Wood died in Los Angeles on April 18, 2013. He was 90 years old.