Up for sale is a very rare Iwo Jima / flags of our fathers statue / figurine. The United States Marine Corps War Memorial, better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial depicts one of the most historic battles of World War II, the battle of Iwo Jima. This liquor decanter by McCormick Distilling Company (1983) is a miniature of that memorial. The decanter still has most of the alcohol in it. However, the cork has stuck to the bottom of the statue. Therefore the alcohol has been exposed to the environment for a period of time. (not sure if it's safe to drink) The upper part of the statue, made by American Porcelain, is overall in excellent condition except one of the gun tips has been chipped off (see pic). Measures approx 6.5"x5"x12.5". This decanter will be packed carefully and double boxed after the purchase. Insurance will be included with shipping. Otherwise it will be sold as is due to the small damage. Thanks!
During the battle of Iwo Jima one of the first objectives in the attack was capturing Mount Suribachi, the highest point on the island. On February 23, the mountain was almost secured. At around 10:30 am, a small American flag was raised atop the mountain. Later that day, a much larger flag was raised by five Marines and a Navy corpsman. The raising was witnessed by news photographer Joe Rosenthal whose Pulitzer prize winning picture of the flag raising would become a symbol of the war in the Pacific. It was soon used by the American government to sell war bonds and to promote the war effort.
The picture inspired sculptor Felix DeWeldon, who created a life size model of the photograph. Paid for by donations, it was later cast in bronze and in September 1954 it was brought to Washington, D.C. At the 179th anniversary of the US Marine Corps on November 10, 1954, the memorial was dedicated by president Dwight D. Eisenhower.