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Though his face isn’t on the Iwo Jima memorial in D.C., Alan Wood played a role in one of the most iconic images of World War II. Wood, a former Navy officer, provided the flag raised over Iwo Jima. He died April 18 at the age of 90, the Los Angeles Times reported. Wood was in charge of communications on a landing ship off the coast of the island. During the battle, a Marine boarded the ship and asked for the biggest flag he could find. Wood gave him a 37-square-foot flag from a Pearl Harbor Navy depot, the Times…

Subscribers to Navy Times (Not a subscriber? Don’t make us beg) got a full rundown in their print and/or digital editions this week about the birthday-cake preparations aboard the amphibious assault ship Iwo Jima, which marked Saturday’s celebration in the Gulf of Aden. While Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Jakeila Owens gave Navy Times managing editor Tony Lombardo the inside dish from half a world away, there was one thing we couldn’t show in our print edition thanks to press deadlines — the cake. It’s pictured above, but check out our gallery of shots below for more of the story.