Iwo Jima flag raiser John Bradley with John Wayne during the filming of Wayne’s classic war film, "The Sands of Iwo Jima." Bradley, along with Ira Hayes and Rene Gagnon, played himself. Bradley, a medic and civilian mortician, struggled with PTSD his entire adult life and rarely talked about the war after the film was released. This suffering veteran, directly linked to our country’s greatest war actors, symbolizes the void between Hollywood and the sad realities of war.
This Japanese soldier played dead for almost two days half buried in a shell hole holding a live grenade. Promising no resistance he was given a cigarette before being removed from the hole Iwo Jima 16 March 1945.
Actor John Wayne as Marine Sgt. Platoon Leader in Scene From the Movie "Sands of Iwo Jima"
John Bradley-Navy-medic-one of the soldiers that raised the flag on Iwo Jima-suffered from PTSD the rest of his life. He played himself in the John Wayne movie "The Sands of Iwo Jima". Shown here with John Wayne