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Elizabeth "Betty" Bradley, dead at 89

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Elizabeth "Betty" Bradley.  Photo: Bradley Funeral Home
Elizabeth "Betty" Bradley. Photo: Bradley Funeral Home

ANTIGO, Wis. (WSAU) - The wife of an Antigo man who was famous for helping raise the flag on Iwo Jima in World War II has died. Elizabeth "Betty" Bradley of Wausau died of a massive stroke while visiting friends in New Hampshire.

Bradley was married to Navy medic John Bradley, who along with five Marines raised the American flag on the captured island February 23rd of 1945 as photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the moment.

The Appleton native helped her husband operate a funeral business in Antigo. They raised eight children, including James Bradley who authored the book, “Flags of Our Fathers” which told the stories of his dad and the other men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima.

Betty Bradley was a supporter of education programs and scholarships, and helped organize a hospice program for the Antigo area through Langlade Memorial Hospital.

She was 89-years-old.

Bradley Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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