Who was Ira Hayes?
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Ira Hamilton Hayes was a Pima Native American and an American Marine who was one of the six men immortalized in the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II
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Ira Hayes was a Native American and a Marine who fought at Iwo Jima in WWII. He was one of the six men immortalized in the iconic photo of the US flag being raised on Mt. Suribachi at Iwo Jima. His name is probably best known for the song "Ballad of Ira Hayes" which was written by songwriter and folksinger Peter LaFarge. It was recorded by several artists but the Johnny Cash version is likely the most popular.
Though very proud of being a US Marine, Hayes did not cope well with the fame that came with being one of the flag raising heroes. He grieved for his fallen comrades, one of whom was killed after participating in the flag raising.
The untimely death of Ira Hayes at age 32 is officially recorded as excessive alcohol consumption and exposure to the elements. Some family members and close friends, however, believe that his death was the result of an altercation with a man he had been drinking and playing cards with on the night before he was found dead. Hayes was interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Total Answers: 3, Total Page Views: 621.The Ballad of Ira Hayes - I love that Johnny Cash song!
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