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Naval Academy honors Iwo Jima vets

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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

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The sports world has always been a great place to find military tributes, but perhaps no one has done it better than the seniors on the Naval Academy swim team, who photographed an underwater re-creation of the Iwo Jima flag raising and posted it to Twitter on Wednesday:

The photo was a unique nod to past members of the armed forces by future members of the armed forces, and — not that anyone ever roots against the Naval Academy — you can’t help but want to pull for these seniors (called Firsties, short for First Class Midshipmen) when they open their season against George Mason and Loyola next Thursday.

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