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One of those young Americans was John Bradley, a Navy corpsman who a few days before had braved enemy mortar and machine-gun fire to administer first aid to a wounded Marine and then drag him to safety. For this act of heroism Bradley would receive the Navy Cross, an award second only to the Medal of Honor.
Bradley, who died in 1994, never mentioned his feat to his family. Only after his death did Bradley's son James begin to piece together the facts of his father's heroism, which was but one of countless acts of sacrifice made by the young men who fought at Iwo Jima. Flags of Our Fathers recounts the sometimes tragic life stories of the six men who raised the flag that February day--one an Arizona Indian who would die following an alcohol-soaked brawl, another a Kentucky hillbilly, still another a Pennsylvania steel-mill worker--and who became reluctant heroes in the bargain. A strongly felt and well-written entry in a spate of recent books on World War II, Flags gives a you-are-there depiction of that conflict's horrible arenas--and a moving homage to the men whom fate brought there. --Gregory McNamee
As a "post war" baby, I never fully understood the hardships our men in uniform (and particularly the men who stormed Iwo Jima) endured during World War II - until I read... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Buzzmando
Loved it. My admiration for the men who raised the flag is greater knowing the truth behind the legend, very movingPublished 29 days ago by Tammy
as a researcher for a military a aviation museum i found this book well researched and well presented. It separates truth from fiction and is easy to readPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer