Lowery, Louis R “Lou”, born 24-07-1916 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was a United States Marine Corps photographer best known for taking the first flag-raising photograph on Iwo Jima on 23-02-1945. The first flag raised was too small to be seen easily from the nearby landing beaches, so a second, larger flag was raised, resulting in the famous photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 1945. Joseph Rosenthal was born on October 9, 1911 in Washington, D.C. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants; however, he converted to Catholicism during his youth. His interest in photography started as a hobby in San Francisco, California, during the Great Depression, where he lived with his brother while looking for work. He became a reporter-photographer for the San Francisco News in 1932. He graduated from the University of San Francisco and died old age 94, on 20-08-2006, in Novata California.
A founder and former president of the United States Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association, Lowery was a photographic director of Leatherneck Magazine, a publication of the Marine Corps.
Death and burial ground of Lowery, Louis R “Lou”.
Louis Lowery died on 15-04-1987 at age 70, in Fairfax City, Virginia, from a plastic anemia. He is buried with his wife Doris, born Magaret, who died age 85, on 14-02-2004, in Quantico National Cemetery in Prince William County, Virginia.