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Old 27-07-2015, 10:13 PM   #31
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Ira Hamilton Hayes (January 12, 1923 – January 24, 1955) was a Pima Native American and a United States Marine who was one of the six flag raisers immortalized in the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II..Hayes was an enrolled member of the Gila River Pima Indian Reservation located in the Pinal and Maricopa counties in Arizona.. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on August 26, 1942, and after recruit training, volunteered to become a Paramarine.. He fought in the Bougainville and Iwo Jima campaigns in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.. He worked as a carpenter before enlisting in the service...

Iwo Jima beach war at Flags of Our Fathers ..

On February 23, 1945, he helped to raise an American flag over Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, an event photographed by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press. Hayes and the other 5 flag-raisers became national heroes as a result.. In 1946, he was instrumental in revealing the true identity of one of the other pictured Marines, who was killed in action on Iwo Jima.. However, Hayes was never comfortable with his fame, and after his service in the Marine Corps, he descended into alcoholism.."How do you like the pomp and circumstance?" Hayes hung his head and said, "I don't..They were better men than me and they're not coming back...

On the morning of January 24, 1955, Hayes was found dead lying near an abandoned adobe hut near where he lived in Sacaton, Arizona.. He had been drinking and playing cards on the reservation with his friends and brothers Vernon and Kenneth.. An altercation ensued between Hayes and a Pima Indian named Henry Setoyant, and all left except Hayes and Setoyant.. The Pinal County coroner concluded that Hayes' death was caused by exposure and alcohol poisoning.. However, his brother Kenneth, a Korean War veteran, believes that the death resulted from the altercation with Setoyant. The reservation police did not conduct an investigation into Hayes' death and Setoyant denied any allegations of fighting with Hayes.. There was no autopsy.. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on February 2, 1955...'s just military psychology..They always train you for the desert on a volcano..Did you hear the good news, Doc?..We're going in with the first wave..Our target, Island X...
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