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Ground Zero Flag Raised on USS Bataan, 2001

US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Andrew Avant, US Marine Corps Intelligence Specialist Third Class John Gray, US Marine Corps Sergeant Gary Bass, and US Marine Corps Disbursing Clerk Second Class Thomas Jack, prepare to hoist a flag that was draped over on of the surviving buildings of the World Trade Center during a special flag ceremony aboard USS BATAAN (LHD 5). The 12 by 18 foot nylon flag has traveled from New York City to Bataan and will be carried by the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) into war zone Afghanistan. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is operating in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.


Photographer's Name: PHC Johnny Bivera, USN

Location: USS BATAAN (LHD 5)


Date Shot: 12/11/2001


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Taken on July 4, 2011