JOE ROSENTHAL, JOHN H. BRADLEY and CAPTAIN JOSEPH J. McCARTHY Two World War II heroes and a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer sign their names on this First Day Cover commemorating the Honorable Discharge

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Two World War II heroes and a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer sign their names on this First Day Cover commemorating the Honorable Discharge emblem
First Day Cover signed: "and with appreciation/to those fighting men/from Joe Rosenthal" beneath cachet and "John H. Bradley/Feb 23, 1945" and "Joseph J. McCarthy/Iwo Jima", 6½x3¾. FDC honoring the Honorable Discharge Emblem, two 3-cent stamps affixed, postmarked Washington, D.C., May 9, 1946, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Navy Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class JOHN H. BRADLEY (1923-1994) was the only Navy man raising the flag in Rosenthal's famous photograph taken on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima; the other five were Marines. JOE ROSENTHAL (1911-2006), a veteran Associated Press combat photographer, won the Pulitzer Prize for News Photography in May 1945 for his world-famous photograph depicting five U.S. Marines from the Second Battalion, 28th Regiment, Fifth Division and a Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi, the highest southern point on the island of Iwo Jima. There was considerable controversy as well as acclaim over this photograph, which was taken on February 23, 1945 and was later used as the model for a U.S. stamp, a war bond campaign and for the U.S. Marine War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. The "Stars and Stripes" had originally been raised on the summit at 10:37 a.m. It was then decided that a larger flag should replace the first, which is the flag raising that Rosenthal captures in his photograph. Contrary to criticism from some circles, Rosenthal had not staged this shot - he had simply captured the raising of the second flag. Nearly 7,000 Americans, almost 6,000 of them Marines, including three in Rosenthal's photograph, died in the battle for the strategically important Pacific island that had previously been a Japanese stronghold. That represents nearly one-third of the Marines killed in all of WWII. After the war, in which he also took photographs of the invasions of New Guinea and Guam, Rosenthal became the chief photographer and manager of Times Wide World Photos before going to work for the "San Francisco Chronicle". JOSEPH J. McCARTHY (1911-1996), a Captain in the Marine Corps Reserve, received the Medal of Honor for his leadership and heroism during the fight for Iwo Jima. As commanding officer of Company G, Second Battalion, Twenty-Fourth Marines, he advanced under heavy enemy fire to take Montoyama Airfield number two on Iwo Jima on February 21, 1945, two days before the island was finally captured and Rosenthal took his historic photograph. Lightly creased. Addressed (unknown hand) to a collector in Oak Park, Illinois at center portion. Fine condition.

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