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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The reason why I didn't like this book is because it was a little graphic for me and some of the stuff didn't make much sense to me. Read morePublished 6 days ago by ally slough
Very insightful story about the lives of the flag-raisers. Battle depictions brought me to tears. Very few of us know the cost of our freedomPublished 12 days ago by Jeff Wesley
Loved this book. It's the first book of World War II I've read, but definitely a great book to recommend you anyone.Published 21 days ago by Steve Breitenbach
I chose a rating of five because John makes you feel what the Marines must have felt yet they did their duty anyway.Published 23 days ago by s
Really good account on the battle of Iwo Jima. Bradley paid appropriate homage to each flag-bearer, and was effective at portraying the action, and giving us some biographical... Read morePublished 24 days ago by DJ
"It's funny what a picture can do." - Ira Hayes
What happens when a man refuses to talk about his experiences in war? Read more