World history Pre-AP
December 7, 2010
Flags of Our Fathers
The book, Flags of Our Fathers, was written by James Bradley the son of Jack Bradley one of the people who the book is written about. It is written about the six flag raisers at Iwo Jima. It starts with James Bradley and some of the other Bradley family getting to visit Iwo Jima after their father and husband Jack Bradley passed away. James decides that he wants to research what happened then and the events leading up to the battle at Iwo Jima. His father the only flag raiser to live to an old age never talked about his time in the military before, especially Iwo Jima. James Bradley speaks to current U.S. Marines at Iwo Jima during his visit and to commemorate people who fought there. It starts out describing the childhood of the six flag raisers. The six flag raisers, who the book is all about, names are John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Mike Strank, Harlon Block, and Franklin Sousley. The story is about their life from their childhood to their time in the military and the battle at Iwo Jima. There is a part from every city they were born in, the book is also located at the bases the men started out at and the people who joined first, first battles. They all train together at the bases in California when they are finally united in the Easy Company where they are all united. They are all U.S. Marines except for the author’s father Jack Bradley who was a U.S. Navy corpsmen but they trained with the U.S. Marines because that’s who they went in to battle with and who they helped heal during battle. The U.S. Navy corpsmen were the ones who administered aid to the injured Marines. Every other flag raiser was a Marine. Mike Strank was the leader among them, Harlon Block under him, followed by the rest all being privates in the chain of command. After they formed together at the base in California, went to Hawaii to train in a place more similar to the place they were going where they...
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