JOHN H. BRADLEY - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 148229
Sale Price $180.00
JOHN H. BRADLEY. First Day Cover signed: "John H. Bradley", 6½x3¾. FDC honoring "the Opperssed Nation Philippines", 3-cent Corregidor stamp affixed, postmarked Washington, D.C., September 27, 1944, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Typed address at lower margin. Navy Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class John H. Bradley (1923-1994) was the only Navy man raising the flag in the famous photograph on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima (February 23, 1945); the other five were Marines. Photographer Joe Rosenthal's photograph was the basis for the Marine Corps Monument at Arlington National Cemetery. Nearly 7,000 Americans, almost 6,000 of them Marines, including three in the photograph, died in the battle for the strategically important Pacific island, representing nearly one-third of the Marines killed in all of WWII. Lightly rippled, minor crease at upper right blank corner. Fine condition.
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