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Wrong man identified in Iwo Jima flag photo, Marines set the record straightby Circa News
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The iconic photo of U.S. Marines raising the Stars and Stripes at Iwo Jima during WWII is still an inspiring depiction of bravery and determination.

But one of the men honored for raising that flag never actually did it. And man who actually did never talked about it, according to a story in the New York Times. 


John Bradley's son wrote the book "Flags of Our Fathers" about his father's heroics, inspiring a 2006 Clint Eastwood movie of the same name.  But the U.S. Marines Corps now says Bradley was never in that photo -- instead, it was Pfc. Harold Jones, who died in 1995. 

The investigation into the photo started a year after it was taken in 1945. Marines quickly identified one misidentified man, but questions lingered.

Last year, documentary filmmakers started raising them again. They saw photos of John Bradley wearing different gear during the battle than in the iconic photo. Facial recognition technology said it wasn't him. 


"I said, 'My gosh, Harold, you're a hero.' He said, 'No, I was a Marine.'"

Schultz's stepdaughter, Dezreen MacDowell

A Marine panel unanimously voted in March 2016 that Schultz was in the photo, not Bradley, according to the Times.

James Bradley, who wrote "Flags," said in May that he believed his father was actually in another flag-raising, not the one that was captured by Joseph Rosenthal in 1945.

Schultz only ever mentioned the flag-raising offhand, his family said.

The Marines will alter references of the flag-raising to honor Schultz.

Meanwhile, why is it so hard to get an actual bathroom for veterans visiting the Marine Corps war memorial in Washington, D.C?

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