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Memorable Moments in America in Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley

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Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley is the chronicle of one of the most memorable moments in America’s military history. James Bradley achieves to capture in this book, moments of sadness, sorrow, majesty, and immortality of these six boys that raised the flag at Iwo Jima. The picture that immortalized that moment tells a story that represents all men that survived and died for America in that island. James Bradley’s quest for answers, for knowledge and for keeping the honor of these man alive, makes this book a true American History testimony. It was only the replacement of a flag but it became the most famous picture in military history. James Bradley’s mission to bring these boys back to life, and forever keep them in the country’s memory makes this book an entertaining and horrifying war tale. The flag raisers as they were called, were just six boys dreaming with the glory of war and the honor of combat. Unfortunately none of that was found in 1945 when they landed in the “sulfur island” of Iwo Jima. Horror and death were the only common themes in the lives of the men that fought for thirty five days against a “ghost” enemy.
The boys made heroes were, John “Doc” Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley, Mike Strank and Ira Hayes. When the war ended and John Bradley left the island back to his home, he did not want to talk about Iwo Jima, the boys, the war or the raising of the flag. Much less of the circus that was created around the picture that became
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