- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 23, 2016

Marine Corps investigators now believe that John Bradley, a Navy sailor, was not part of the iconic flag-raising on Iwo Jima immortalized by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal.

“Based upon the evidence reviewed, another Marine, Private First Class Harold Schultz, from Detroit, Mich., was the sixth man caught in the frame of what is considered the most famous war photograph,” the Marine Corps said in a Thursday news release.

“The Marine Corps now believes Navy Pharmacist’s Mate 2nd Class John Bradley was not in the Rosenthal image, but was involved in the initial flag-raising hours before the famous photo was taken,” the news release said.

After being treated for injuries sustained in battle, Bradley joined the surviving Marines from the flag raising on a war-bond promotion tour. Mr. Rosenthal’s photograph was used as the basis for poster art promoting the war-bond sales.

Bradley’s son, author James Bradley, wrote a bestselling book in 2000 about the flag-raising, “Flags of Our Fathers,” which was later adapted into a movie.

In May, Mr. Bradley said that he now believes his late father was involved not in the flag-raising shown in Mr. Rosenthal’s photograph but rather one that occurred on Mt. Suribachi earlier that day.

“He never wanted to be in the photo. I think if he had any inkling or evidence he wasn’t in that photo, he would have been happy to say that,” Mr. Bradley told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in May. “I have no evidence or reason to believe that he didn’t believe he was in that second flag-raising. The president of the United States, the government, the Marines all told him it was him.”

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