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Woman linked to famous flag-raising dies


ANTIGO (WAOW) – A central Wisconsin woman linked to one of the most famous military photographs has died.

Elizabeth Bradley, a longtime resident of Antigo and wife of John Bradley, died Thursday in New Hampshire while visiting a friend, her family said. She was 89.

John Bradley, a Navy Corpsman, helped hoist the American flag at Iwo Jima during World War II.

The flag-raising was featured in “Flags of Our Fathers,” a Clint Eastwood film based on the book of the same name co-authored by Bradley's son, Jim.

The film documents the lives of Bradley and the five Marines who raised the flag atop Iwo Jima's highest peak on Feb. 23, 1945 _ an historic moment captured by Joe Rosenthal, an Associated Press photographer, in a Pulitzer Prize-winning picture.

In 2006, Elizabeth Bradley went to a screening of the film with other family members.

"Our life did not revolve around the flag-raising after we were married," she told The Associated Press.

Elizabeth Bradley was born in Appleton and married John Bradley in 1946. He died in January 1994.

The couple moved to Antigo in 1947. Elizabeth Bradley moved to Wausau in 1999 where she was employed at Bradley Chiropractic until 2012.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at First Universalist Unitarian Church in Wausau.



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