Louis Lowery
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Louis Robert Lowery (1916 - 1987)

Cpt Louis Robert "Lou" Lowery
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 4 Aug 1945 in District of Columbia, United Statesmap
Died at age 70 in Falls Church, Fairfax, Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Feb 2009
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Louis Lowery is Notable.

The photographer, Joe Rosenthal, is known for the famous photo of the flag being raised on Iwo Jima during World War II on Feb. 23, 1945. But the photographic skills of Marine Sgt. Lou Lowery also captured that first moment.

A group of Marines were ordered to raise the American flag on the top of an island hill. Marines Charles Lindberg, Harold Schrier, Boots Thomas, and Hank Hanson, along with Louis Carlo, James Michaels and Raymond Jacobs together with a detachment of other Marines were on hand that morning as an American flag was tied to a Japanese water pipe and raised at Iwo Jima.

Sgt. Lou Lowery, was a Marine photographer, clicked his camera taking photos from a ship offshore as men on board cheered with the flag's appearance. Only when a larger flag was needed for a second photo, did the photo by Rosenthal come about from an re-enactmentof the flag raising.

Sgt. Lou Lowery's photos of the first smaller flag raising were not developed until after the war. However, he did take the first actually photos of the American flag on Iwo Jima.

Lowery went on to be the photographic director for 'Leatherneck Magazine'.


  • Ancestry.com. Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015, Louis R Lowery.
  • "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVY5-CHMH : 16 August 2019), Louis R Lowery, 15 Apr 1987; from "Virginia, Marriage Records, 1700-1850," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2012); citing Falls Church, Fairfax, Virginia, United States, entry #, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond.
  • "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JPD9-P44 : accessed 25 April 2016), Louis Lowery, Apr 1987; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

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