John H. Bradley (1923-1994) Signed First Day Cover, "John H. Bradley, Ph M 2/c", 6.5 x 3.5, FDC honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Veterans Administration (1930-1980), postmarked Jul 21, 1980, Washington, D.C., boldly signed by the Navy Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class, 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. Comes with a, 7 x 9, Joe Rosenthal photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising. Both items in fine condition.