Wrong Person in Iwo Jima Flag Raising Photograph
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The author of a book about his father and other men who raised a U.S. flag at Iwo Jima during World War II says he no longer believes his father was in an iconic photograph of the event.
"Flags of Our Fathers" author James Bradley said Tuesday that questions raised by two amateur historians prompted him to recall comments his father, John Bradley, made about the event. He says he now believes his father participated in an earlier flag-raising, but not the one captured in the famous picture.
Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal shot the photo on Feb. 23, 1945.
Since 1947, the Marines identified the flag raisers as John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Harlon Block, Michael Strank and Franklin Sousley. Two history buffs argue Bradley wasn't shown and Marine Harold Henry Schultz was there. The Marines are investigating.