|The National Iwo Jima memorial|
The movie was based on a book of the same name by James Bradley and Ron Powers. The essence of this story: a "mundane moment" blown wildly out of proportion by the media and a government eager to exploit patriotic feelings during war. The men who raised the flag become part of the War Department's propaganda machine and are labeled heroes, much to their chagrin.
We're blessed having Jim with us. But the wisdom behind the Iwo Jima campaign - "Operation Detachment" - might be called into question.