Friday, June 24, 2016

Welcome Home PFC Harold Schultz, USMC

All these years, PFC Schultz, who is one of the flag raisers on the iconic Rosenthall photograph and the USMC Ogg film of the raising of the second flag at Iwo Jima, was misidentified as Corpsman Jack Bradley.

Bradley did in fact participate in the first raising.

First flag raising at Iwo Jima.

The mistake is a natural one.  The events happened rapidly, under still hostile conditions, and the area looks much different from different angles.

Discovery of the error is a tribute to close photographic analysis.  When a description of how it was done is read, it's quite obvious that the error was made, although it is surprising that it took so long.

Schultz apparently knew he was in the photograph, but never said a thing.  He went on to a career in the Post Office, and like all of these men, has passed on.

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