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Photograph Album - Official WWII US Navy - Anonymous - 1945. 
Japan 1945 - Japan, 1945. Album of official U.S. Navy photographs capturing the decisive final campaign on Okinawa island, as well as the proceedings and signing of the Instrument of Surrender onboard USS Missouri, following the surrender of Japan. Contains 50 gelatin silver print photographs, numbered and captioned in print to margins, mounted with corners onto black cardstock leaves, with further detailed typescript captions pasted below each view. Photographs measure approximately 10 x 12,5 cm (4 x 5 inches), with the exception of one larger photograph which is loosely placed within and measures 25 x 20,5 cm (10 x 8 inches). Also with a newspaper clipped image of American soldiers in the trenches, and one magazine print of Rosenthal's iconic 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima' which is signed in the original by John Henry "Jack" "Doc" Bradley who is the most famous of the soldiers associated with the event. Oblong Qto. string-tied album measuring approximately 35 x 28 cm, boards embossed with veteran roses and ribbon motif. Leafs removed from album, wear to boards, otherwise in Very Good Condition. The album begins with an original autograph of John H. Bradley, who is known famously as one of the six soldiers who raised the flag, penned on a magazine colour print, from The Examiner, of Rosenthal's iconic photograph titled 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima'. John Henry "Jack" "Doc" Bradley (1923-1994) was a United States Navy Hospital corpsman who was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in combat on Iwo Jima during World War II. Bradley was famed for some 50 years for partaking twice in raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, on February 23, 1945, firstly helping to secure the American flag attached to a pipe, in the ground, after it was raised a nd planted on top of Mount Suribachi. Secondly, when a larger flag was ordered to replace the first flag the same day, five Marines raised and planted the second flag attached to a longer and heavier pipe. Bradley was the last of the surviving members credited with the second flag-raising party. Interestingly, Bradley's participation has very recently been debated and subsequently thoroughly investigated. Only a few months ago, in June 2016, the Marine Corps announced that the man first stated to be Bradley, was in fact Harold Schultz. Rosenthal, the photographer, was so busy capturing photographs of the intense campaign, hurrying here and there to various scenes, that he did not pause to get the names of the men in his photographs, nor would any soldier in the midst of battle stop for conversation. As the image gained immediate and prolific attention, a named hero was needed. Bradley was approached to represent the unknown man in the photograph. A humble man who in fact deferred accolaids, even for his truly heroic acts in the war, Bradley avoided discussion of his war record, saying only that the real heros were the men who gave their lives for their country. He is remembered as being a very modest and private philanthropist who gave generously of his time and money. The compiler of this album is not identified, though a clipped newspaper article which concludes the album, suggests that he was a marine, most likely a member of the American mortar team who served in the invasion of Okinawa. Some of the scenes illustrate in this album are as follows: American battleship USS Tennessee preparing for defense off of Okinawa Supplies being landed on Okinawa for the final invasion Aerial attacks including anti-aircraft guns firing, marine fighter planes releasing rocket projectiles, Japanese suicide bomber planes being shot down U.S. marines moving in on Okinawa's capital city Naha Men of the Sixth Marine Division detonating explosives at Japanese cave shelters Other action scenes featuring U.S. snipers and riflemen planning their moves and bravely charging forward into enemy territory US Marine Brigadier General Colonel Francis I. Fenton kneeling at the foot of his son's body, Private First C
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