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Upstate veteran recalls Iwo Jima as he prepares for Honor Flight

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Upstate veteran Stanley Moore was standing by as Marines raised the American flag at Iwo Jima and this iconic portrait was taken (FOX Carolina) Upstate veteran Stanley Moore was standing by as Marines raised the American flag at Iwo Jima and this iconic portrait was taken (FOX Carolina)
Stanley Moore joined the Marine Corps at age 17 (FOX Carolina) Stanley Moore joined the Marine Corps at age 17 (FOX Carolina)
Memories of Iwo Jima are difficult to relive, but Moore continued to serve his country after WWII (FOX Carolina) Memories of Iwo Jima are difficult to relive, but Moore continued to serve his country after WWII (FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It was an iconic photo captured during an important battle during World War II; a photo capturing a historic moment witnessed by an Upstate veteran. 

Stanley Moore fought in the battle of Iwo Jima, a major step in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. Moore told FOX Carolina he watched on Feb. 23, 1945 as fellow Marines raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi, a moment frozen in time by Joe Rosenthal's iconic photograph. 

"First they raised one up, but then they took it down and raised the bigger one up," Moore recalled. "Joe Rosenthal from the Associated Press took that picture."

The picture is now considered an icon of the turmoil and struggle of battle. Moore said when he witnessed those Marines raising the flag, he thought victory was near. He was wrong. 

The Battle of Iwo Jima would rage on for more than a month after the photo was taken. 

More admits that as he fought he wondered what on earth he was doing there.

"I was scared," he said. Moore did not want to talk about other memories of Iwo Jima, some too personal to share. 

Moore's wife of 59 years and his grandson, Andy, still thank him for his service as they thumb through old photographs. Moore was 17 when he enlisted. 

"If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be sitting here, free like we are," his wife, Eleanor, said. 

This week, Moore will take part in the Upstate Honor Flight, which flies local veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments and memorials there. He was selected by Upstate Honor Flight to go. 

Moore said he will take his grandson, Andy Moore, so he can tell his children about his grandfather's service. 

"He's the greatest man I will ever know," said Andy Moore. 

There will be a welcome home party for the Honor Flight veterans at GSP when they return from Washington, D.C. That will be Thursday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. 

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