Tedd Thomey served
with the 28th regiment, 5th Marine Division in the Pacific throughout World War II. After
the war, he became a journalist and playwright. Tedd Thomey is the author of Immortal Images: A Personal History
of Two Photographers and the Flag-raising on Iwo Jima; And Dream of Evil; A Big Love; Doris Day: The Dramatic Story of America's
Number One Box Office Star; The Glorious Decade; Killer in White; Flight To Takla-Ma; Jet Pilot; I Want
Out; The Comedians; The Prodigy Plot; Jet Ace; The Loves of Errol Flynn; and, Sadist.
According to the book description of
Immortal Images: A Personal History of Two Photographers and the Flag-raising on Iwo Jima, “Award-winning
journalist Tedd Thomey tells the poignant stories of the two photographers who took the pictures of the flag-raising sent
around the world in 1945. Joe Rosenthal, a combat photographer for the Associated Press, became well known for his work, but
when accusations surfaced that his famous photo was staged, he endured years of abuse and humiliation. Thomey also highlights
the tragic story of the second photographer, Sgt. Bill Genaust, a Marine killed in battle just nine days after the flag went
up. Genaust was not acknowledged for his immortal motion picture until a fellow cameraman mounted a decades-long campaign
that resulted in a plaque in his honor being placed atop Mount Suribachi in 1995.