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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.
This was such a great book. I think everyone should read this book at least once. It was so touching and vivid.Published 9 days ago by Cassandra M
A must read for anyone that has any empathy for our history and our armed forces, past and present.Published 13 days ago by Elizabeth Harper
We've all seen this inspirational image but now know who these fine young men were.Published 23 days ago by James L. Hasselbach
If you think you know about the battle for Iwo Jima , the flag raising ,and the Marine Corps Memorial my bet is you will be pleased with the clarity and detail the explains all... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Michael W. Hagan
I truly feel it is a book in a class by itself. It is like reading about a family member who served his country. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Theres alexander
Brings the lives of the Hero's depicted in the Iwo Jima Monument and Flag Raising to live.
Told by a Son with great respect and knowledge as well as Humility
Helps... Read more