Flags Of Our Fathers: The Battle Of Iwo Jima

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Imagine yourself, sitting on one of the many transport ships heading towards an unknown island about to reveal yourself to an unknown amount of enemy troops. The morning before your arrival you are prepared a gourmet meal and briefed on how the plan was expected to go down. 7:00 strikes and you are now being guided down to your tractors to make the rest of the way to your destination, your mind is going wild with thought but you do know one thing for sure: you are part of a team, a band of brothers, and prepared to pay the ultimate price for any of them.
This was exactly the case for the thousands among thousands of Marines that showed themselves in the historic Battle of Iwo Jima. The book Flags of Our Fathers describes this brutal thirty-six day battle, and takes us in depth with 6 of our nation's heroes; “The Flag Raisers:” Cpl. Harlon Block, Navy Pharmacist's Mate John Bradley, Cpl. Rene Gagnon, PFC Franklin Sousley, Sgt. Michael Strank, and Cpl. Ira Hayes.
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The man in the middle of the photograph with both of his hands grasping the pole is John Bradley, the author's very own father. The men on the far side and behind him is Rene Gagnon and Franklin Sousley. The one leaning most towards the base of the pole is Harlon Block, the man almost completely hidden behind him grasping his hand was Mike Strank, and finally the man reaching up but not quite touching the pole was Ira Hayes. Only three of these six brave men lived to walk off of the hellish island, one carried by

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