Electricians Honor Last Surviving Iwo Jima Flag Raiser

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) announced that it recently had a dedication ceremony for one of its most prestigious alumni, Charles Lindberg. The Minneapolis JATC 292 Electrical Training Center was being renamed in his honor.

An F16 flyover, color guard presentation and performance from the St. Michael High School marching band kicked off the ceremonies to officially change the name the local JATC training center to the Charles “Chuck” W. Lindberg JATC 292 Electrical Training Center. Charles Lindberg, IBEW representatives, and state and local dignitaries were present to speak at the event.

“I am proud to be a member of IBEW. In my 40 years as a Minnesota electrician, the IBEW has always been fair and dependable,” Lindberg said, “And we always got the job done right.”

Lindberg is the last living war veteran who was part of the team that raised the American flag on the summit of Mount Suribachi during the World War II battle of Iwo Jima. The second flag raising, occurring four hours later, was captured in Joe Rosenthal’s iconic Pulitzer Prize winning photo.

“This dedication is a great honor for IBEW. Chuck’s basic training at our facilities prepared him for an incredible career as an electrician,” said Steve Claypatch, business manager of IBEW 292. “He is recognized today not only as a war hero, but also for his contribution to his community and to the electrical industry.”

Lindberg, a Richfield resident, served as a local IBEW electrician for almost 40 years, working on several Twin Cities landmarks, such as the former Northwestern National Bank Weatherball and the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis campus. EC

Editor's Note: The staff of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR notes with sorrow the passing of Charles Lindberg shortly after this story went to press. Lindberg died Sunday, June 24, 2007. He was 86. For more, see the memorial piece here.

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