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.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) (d. Clint Eastwood; c. Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryô Kase) ("The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.")
Actor John Wayne as Marine Sgt. Platoon Leader in Scene From the Movie "Sands of Iwo Jima"
Sands of Iwo Jima Original movie poster Directed by Allan Dwan Produced by Edmund Grainger Written by Harry Brown James Edward Grant Starring John Wayne John Agar Forrest Tucker Adele Mara Music by Victor Young Distributed by Republic Pictures Release date(s) December 14, 1949
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