Sgt. Michael Strank, WWII

Sgt. Michael Strank, WWII

Welcome to this web site honoring U.S. Marine Sergeant Michael Strank, one of the six men who raised the United States flag over the tiny Pacific island of Iwo Jima during World War II.

Several veterans organizations from Michael Strank’s hometown of Johnstown, PA organized a Strank Project to salute the men and women who served in World War II. Every day we have fewer and fewer surviving World War II veterans. We want young people of today to know what their grandparents endured and what they accomplished. The world is a better place because of the sacrifices made by that “greatest generation.”  May God bless America. 

Our Flag Still Waves

US Marine Corp monument depicting the raising of the US flag over Iwo Jima

Our Strank Project coordinated with the 70th anniversary of the Iwo Jima flag raising. Funds were donated to place a granite monument in a small military park in Franklin Borough, Johnstonw, PA, close to where the Strank family settled when they immigrated to America.

Next, our local veterans group commissioned a video documentary, Our Flag Still Waves, about Michael Strank. It is a very personal picture of one young man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. The story is told by family members, neighbors and local veterans. The narrator is former Pennsylvania Governor and Homeland Security Secretary, Tom Ridge.

The video premiered during a community celebration in February, 2015 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. More than a thousand people attended the event. The keynote speaker was Brigader General David J. Furness, U.S.M.C.