The grave is on the south side of the Iwo Jima Memorial. There is a memorial plaque that states the following information:

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"Harlon H. Block of Weslaco, Texas, was 18 years old in 1943 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps. As a member of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, his company was on of the first ashore on February 19, 1945 when allied forces stormed the Pacific Island of Iwo Jima.

"On the fifth day of battle, Block's rifle platoon was sent to raise a large American flag on the island's highest point, Mount Suribachi. The event was captured in a world-famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal, which inspired Felix de Weldon to sculpt the Iwo Jima War Memorial for the Arlington National Cemetery. The original model of that monument is the monument here at the Marine Military Academy. Corporal Block is the marine seen at the base of the flagpole pushing it into the volcanic rock.

"On March 1, just six days after the flag raising, Block was killed in subsequent fighting on Iwo Jima, and buried in the 5th Marine Division Cemetery there. After the war, his remains were returned to Weslaco.


"On February 18, 1995, during a ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima, Corporal Harlon H. Block was enshrined here next to the Iwo Jima Memorial, where the world will forever honor his bravery, and play tribute to the United States Marines, and all other members of our nation's Armed Forces."