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Iwo Jima Photo Investigated Over Concerns Soldier May Be Misidentified


The Marine Corps is investigating if it misidentified one of the men in an iconic photo from World War II.

The picture in question shows six U.S. service members raising the American flag on a mountain on the Japanese island of IwoJima. Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped the photo.

One of the men was originally thought to be Navy Corpsman John Bradley. Bradley's son eventually wrote a book about the photo called "Flags of Our Fathers," which was eventually made into a movie.

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U.S. Marines hoist the U.S. flag on the summit of Mt. Suribachi, near the site of a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, now known as Ioto, Japan, Saturday, March 21, 2015. The battle is one of WWII's bloodiest and most iconic battles. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
The color guard of the United States Marines and Japan Self Defense Force hold the flags of the U.S. and Japan during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, now known as Ioto, Japan, Saturday, March 21, 2015. The battle is one of WWII's bloodiest and most iconic battles. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Dog tags hang from a memorial on the summit of Mt. Suribachi, near the site of a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, now known as Ioto, Japan, Saturday, March 21, 2015. The battle is one of WWII's bloodiest and most iconic battles. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A U.S. veteran is comforted by a U.S. solider at the memorial statue during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima on Iwo Jima, now known officially as Ioto, Japan Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A U.S. Marine looks out at Invasion Beach near the site of a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, now known as Ioto, Japan, Saturday, March 21, 2015. The battle is one of WWII's bloodiest and most iconic battles. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, left in the middle, offers a wreath during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima on Iwo Jima, now known officially as Ioto, Japan Saturday, March 21, 2015. Dozens of aging U.S. veterans gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World War II.(AP Photo/Japan Pool) JAPAN OUT
Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, left, talks with a U.S. veteran after a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima on Iwo Jima, now known officially as Ioto, Japan Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, bottom, delivers a speech during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, now known officially as Ioto, Japan Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A U.S. veteran with uniform attends a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, now known officially as Ioto, Japan Saturday March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
U.S. veterans pay respect at the Iwo Jima battle monument during a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima on Iwo Jima, now known officially as Ioto, Japan Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
In this Jan. 31, 2014 photo, G.I. Joe action figures portray Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima in a display at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A half-century after the 12-inch doll was introduced at a New York City toy fair, the iconic action figure is being celebrated by collectors with a display at the military museum, while the toy's maker plans other anniversary events to be announced later this month. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Japan's Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, left, talks with a U.S. veteran after a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima on Iwo Jima, now known officially as Ioto, Japan Saturday, March 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Iwo Jima, now known officially as Ioto, is seen from an airplane in Japan, Saturday, March 21, 2015. The U.S. and Japan held the ceremony Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of World War II's bloodiest and most iconic battles. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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But two amateur history buffs think Bradley isn't in the photo at all. In 2014, the Omaha World-Herald reported on their research.

The article says the man in the photo has equipment that a medic, like Bradley, wouldn't have and the man in the photo doesn't look like other photos of Bradley taken that day.

And now the Marines Crops has released a statement saying it's looking into the image but didn't give a timeline for the investigation

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