Author says he now thinks father wasn’t Iwo Jima flag-raiser

DES MOINES, Iowa – The author of a bestselling book about his father and other men who raised a U.S. flag at Iwo Jima during World War II said Tuesday he no longer believes his father was in an iconic photograph of the event.

James Bradley, who wrote the book “Flags of Our Fathers,” said in a telephone interview that questions raised about the photo by two amateur historians, which have prompted a Marine Corps investigation, led him to think back on comments his father made about the 1945 flag-raising. Those comments by John Bradley, who died in 1994, now lead James Bradley to believe his father participated in an earlier flag-raising, but not the one captured in the famous picture.

Well, I enjoyed the book, the film less so.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    A picture of that earlier flag raising can be found in Volume 14, “Victory in the Pacific,” of Samuel Eliot Morison’s “History of U.S. Naval Operations In World War II,” sadly long out of print.

    • This one?

      • Norman_In_New_York

        That’s the flag raising, but I recall a different picture showing the flagpole pushed into the ground.