Local Author Honors Vets

By: Amanda Lutz
By: Amanda Lutz

One of the most famous images from World War II is of six men raising the American flag on Iwo Jima. The soldiers who raised that flag were relatively unknown until James Bradley's book "Flags of Our Fathers" was published in 2000.

Bradley helped honor another group of soldiers that served in the same war during the "Tribute to Heroism" at the Marshfield Clinic. The event honored the clinic's physicians that served in World War II.

"It's really an honor for me to be here and give some attention to some people who truly deserve it," says Bradley, an Antigo native.

Bradley's father, John, was one of the six men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. After his father's death, he began a quest to learn what happened that day. That led to writing "Flags of Our Fathers" and a focus on the individuals behind the famous photo.

"I like to focus on the small story, the story of really young boys out there doing it under fire. [It's] very touching," he says.

A permanent display honoring those World War II physicians will be at the Marshfield Clinic campus.

Bradley, meanwhile, is working on a third book. He also sold the movie rights to "Flags of Our Fathers" to Steven Spielberg.