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Flags of Our Fathers by James D. BradleyIn this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.
In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima—and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the islands highest peak. And after climbing through a landscape of hell itself, they raised a flag.
Now the son of one of the flagraisers has written a powerful account of six very different young men who came together in a moment that will live forever.
To his family, John Bradley never spoke of the photograph or the war. But after his death at age seventy, his family discovered closed boxes of letters and photos. In Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley draws on those documents to retrace the lives of his father and the men of Easy Company. Following these mens paths to Iwo Jima, James Bradley has written a classic story of the heroic battle for the Pacifics most crucial island—an island riddled with Japanese tunnels and 22,000 fanatic defenders who would fight to the last man.
But perhaps the most interesting part of the story is what happened after the victory. The men in the photo—three were killed during the battle—were proclaimed heroes and flown home, to become reluctant symbols. For two of them, the adulation was shattering. Only James Bradleys father truly survived, displaying no copy of the famous photograph in his home, telling his son only: The real heroes of Iwo Jima were the guys who didnt come back.
Few books ever have captured the complexity and furor of war and its aftermath as well as Flags of Our Fathers. A penetrating, epic look at a generation at war, this is history told with keen insight, enormous honesty, and the passion of a son paying homage to his father. It is the story of the difference between truth and myth, the meaning of being a hero, and the essence of the human experience of war.
From the Hardcover edition.
The inside story of the famous Iwo Jima photo
This story was originally published on May 5, On June 23, the U. Marine Corps released an official statement saying it had misidentified one of flag-raisers in the photo. This week, a photo snapped 71 years ago atop a tiny Pacific Ocean island has become huge news, shown and re-shown on network TV and appearing on the front page of the New York Times. It's the photo of U.
The photo, taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal, captured six Marines as they raised the American flag at the top of Mount Suribachi, just five days into the battle. Though it resonated with the public as depicting triumph and US military strength, the battle continued on for another month. Three of the six flag-raisers were later killed in the battle: Sgt. Michael Strank, Cpl. Harlon Block, and Pfc. Franklin Sousley.
CNN Some say it's the most famous, perfectly composed news photo of all time. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Marines and a Navy sailor raising the American flag over the battle-scarred Japanese island of Iwo Jima. But it wasn't the first flag raised over Iwo Jima that day, and Rosenthal wasn't the only one there taking photos. Hide Caption. Marine Sgt.
The Battle of Iwo Jima
Marines raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi — perhaps the best-known Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. It was taken on Friday, Feb. On July 11, before the war had ended, it appeared on a United States postage stamp. Normally, the Pulitzer Prize Board considers journalism published in the previous calendar year for the prizes. The Photography jury was just finishing its work and apparently did not consider it.
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Both of his parents were members of the Pima Indian tribe, who had lived in the area since well before the first Europeans encountered them in the late 17th century. Despite their lack of recognition by the government, the Hayeses proudly kept an American flag displayed on a wall in their home. Wikimedia Commons A Pima woman in Arizona in He enlisted with the Marines in and after successfully completing his boot camp training, volunteered to join the elite paratrooper division. This was no small feat. Paratroopers were a new type of soldier in the ancient realm of warfare and training at the exclusive paratrooper school was notoriously intense. Marine Corps paratrooper school.