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Iowa man identified in famous Iwo Jima flag-raising photo

We hear about a famous photo of soldiers raising a flag at Iwo Jima and its Iowa connection. We talk with members of an Iowa "Granny Basketball" team who won a national championship. And we learn about the history of Iowa's only city west of the Missouri River.

For the holidays, River to River host Ben Kieffer dips into some of his favorite conversations from the last few years.

First, a conversation witha historian who uncovered a historic mistake.The famous picture Joe Rosenthal shot of soldiers raising an American flag at Iwo Jima was misidentified. And Brent Westemeyer revealed the true identity of one of those Marines as Harold 'Pie' Keller from Brooklyn, Iowa.

Then, we hear from three athletes from Cedar Rapids about their 2019 victory at the National Granny Basketball Tournament. They share how they came to play "granny basketball."

Finally, Troy Stolp, an Iowa historian and teacher at Lewis Central High School, joins to share stories from the history of Council Bluffs and Omaha.

This show originally aired on February 25, 2020 and is composed of segments from August 9, 2019, October 25, 2019 and February 25, 2020.


  • Brent Westemeyer, private military historian from Johnson, Iowa
  • Diana Marker-Siguenza, Susan Hartley and Margaret Beuter, players for the Cedar Rapids Sizzlers
  • Troy Stolp, Iowa historian and teacher at Lewis Central High School
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River