New York Times
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
JUNE 23, 2016
“I said, ‘My gosh, Harold, you’re a hero.’ He said, ‘No, I was a Marine.’”
A Marine Corps inquiry found that Harold Schultz, above, was one of the six men in the photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima. And it determined that a Navy hospital corpsman, John Bradley, was not in the image. Credit The Smithsonian ChannelWASHINGTON — An internal investigation by the Marine Corps has concluded that for more than 70 years it wrongly identified one of the men in the iconic photograph of the flag being raised over Iwo Jima during one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
The inquiry found that a private first class named Harold Schultz was one of the six men in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. And it determined that a Navy hospital corpsman, John Bradley, whose son wrote a best-selling book about his father’s role in the flag-raising that was made into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood, was not actually in the image.
Why Mr. Schultz apparently never disclosed that he was in the famous picture remains a mystery.
Many Marines who had fought on Iwo Jima suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, but little was known about the condition at the time. To cope, many Marines simply never talked about their military experience.
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