We cordially invite you to the pre-premiere of Dušan Hudec’s documentary film about the famous U.S. Army sergeant Michal Strenko, the native of Jarabina, entitled: The boy who wanted to become president. There will be a discussion after the screening with the participation of the U.S. Ambassador Adam Sterling and the movie author Dušan Hudec.
Michael Strank as a child left with his parents for the U.S.A. During the Second World War he took part in battles in the Pacific. He became famous by personally raising the U.S. flag on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima along with five other navy officers on February 23, 1945. While the U.S. Army occupied the Japanese island, Michael Strank led the soldiers from his reconnaissance unit to the highest peak of the extinct Suribich Volcano. This moment was captured by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press and the photo was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Michael Strank didn’t live to see the island captured. He was killed three days later by a grenade explosion.