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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.
Thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in WWII history.
James Bradley's book about the six men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima, one of whom was his father, was our local book club's recent selection.
It is because of a book like this that I am proud to be an American and ever thankful for the sacrifices that men such as these made for our benefit.
My uncle was killed in a landing craft during the battle for Guam. He was a 24year-old marine. Buried at sea. Bernard Brende. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Cindy K.
Loved this book I love to learn about our history the true stories. This book told the story not only about the flag raisers but about young boy's and how they were one for all and... Read morePublished 17 days ago by kitty
A good book for the personal insights about an historic battle and some of the units involved. As it is written by the son of one of the men who was involved in raising the flag... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jayress
I will review later. I don't have time at this moment. I have spent some months reading the booking due to continual interruption from my workPublished 18 days ago by Duong Minh Canh
Great read. Amazing how after I thought I knew alot about WW 11. I find out the Japanese military was so involved in cannabalism.Published 24 days ago by Lowell Willis
In my opinion a must read if you are interested in understanding that period of time and the horrors of war.Published 26 days ago by Hugh B. Jordan