Washington: Alan Wood, the World War II veteran credited with providing the flag in the historic flag-raising on Iwo Jima, has died at the age of 90.
His son confirmed that Wood died on April 18 of natural causes at his home in California.
According to the Washington Times, Wood was a 22-year-old Navy communications officer on a landing ship off Iwo Jima who happened to have a 37-square-foot flag he had found months before in a Pearl Harbor Navy depot.
After five days of fighting to capture the island, a Marine asked him for the biggest American flag he could find. Six soldiers later raised that flag on Mount Suribachi in a legendary moment.
Wood was survived by his son and three grandchildren, the report added.