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硫黄島の写真についての反応

 
硫黄島の写真を分析していく記事はとてもスリリングで長い記事ですが面白く読めました。

New mystery arises from
iconic Iwo Jima image
History buffs’ analysis of the famous World War II photo challenges a long-assumed truth

BY MATTHEW HANSEN    WORLD-HERALD COLUMNIST
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014

NYTにこの写真に別人が写っていた件についての反応がありました。John Bradleyを戦争の英雄と認めながらも、その写真が真実を語っていなかったこについて批判しています。

The Stories We Carry
By ADAM LINEHANMAY 5, 2016


So does it really matter that one of the guys in the photograph isn’t who we thought he was? For many veterans, like me, it does. John Bradley may very well have thought, as his son believed, that he was one of the six men in the photograph, but evidence to the contrary has existed since Day 1. The Marine Corps has stood firmly behind this story for nearly 70 years, and some amateur sleuths proved it wrong. That’s a problem. Ensuring these stories are as accurate as possible is an obligation of the United States military.

When young soldiers or Marines turn to these stories for inspiration and courage, they must have faith in their legitimacy. They must believe, as I did, that they are fact, not fiction. But, more important, they must know that the military will go to whatever lengths necessary to set the record straight in the event that they, too, find themselves at a crucial juncture in history. I’d like to believe that most soldiers don’t go to war in pursuit of glory, but glory is part of the deal.

By any standard, John Bradley was a hero: a combat veteran who raised the American flag over the black sands of Iwo Jima. His glory is not in dispute, but the facts are, and we owe it to his memory and to everyone who has ever put on the uniform to ensure that these pivotal moments in war history are true.


先ほどの本は声なき声を代表することですが、写真というのも同じような存在証明を果たしているみたいで、以下のような言葉で締めていました。

The photos were for us. It was our story, in all its agony and truth. Six years later, it’s the only record we have of that terrible day.

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