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Iwo Jima Flag Raiser

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Corporal 1
Birth:
12 Jan 1923 1
Sacaton, Arizona 1
Death:
24 Jan 1955 1
Bapchule, Arizona 1
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World War II Iwo Jima Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients; Ira Hamilton Hayes, Michael Strank, Harlon H. Block, Franklin R. Sousley, Rene A. Gagnon and John H. Bradley Source: http://www.medalofhonor.com/IwoJimaFlagRaisers.jpg
Four of the Flag Raisers (Bradley, Hayes, Sousley & Strank) appear with their buddies
Four of the Flag Raisers (Bradley, Hayes, Sousley & Strank) appear with their buddies
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Here's Rosenthal snapping a posed shot minutes after the second flag raising.
Here's Rosenthal snapping a posed shot minutes after the second flag raising.
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"Flag raising on Iwo Jima." Joe Rosenthal, Associated Press, February 23, 1945. 80-G-413988. (ww2_156.jpg)
President Truman greets the flag-raising survivors.
President Truman greets the flag-raising survivors.
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Navy Commendation Medal
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Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
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Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
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Raising The Flag Diagram
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The American flag pictured in 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima' by Joe Rosenthal Located in: National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center Damage to the flag is from high winds at the peak of Mount Suribachi.
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Full Name:
Ira Hamilton Hayes 2
Birth:
12 Jan 1923 2
Sacaton, Arizona 2
Male 2
Death:
24 Jan 1955 2
Bapchule, Arizona 2
Cause: Alcohol related 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Corporal 1
Service Start Date:
26 Aug 1942 1
Service End Date:
01 Dec 1945 1
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Race or Ethnicity:
Pima Indian 2
Military Awards:
American Campaign Service Medal: 1943 3
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Service Medal: 4 Battle Stars 3
Basic Parachutist Wings: 30 Nov 1942 4
Navy Commendation Ribbon: with Combat Distinguishing Device 3
Navy Occupation Service Medal: Japan 3
Presidential Unit Citation: Iwo Jima 3
WWII Victory Medal: 1945 3
Nickname:
Chief Falling Cloud 5
Brother:
Kenny 5
Brother:
Vernon 5
7th War Bond Tour begins:
May 1945 2
Meets President Truman:
20 Apr 1945 6
Joined the Marine Corps:
24 Aug 1942 2

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Iwo Jima Flag Raiser

Iwo Jima, Japan

Four of the Flag Raisers (Bradley, Hayes, Sousley & Strank) appear with their buddies
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 Private First Class Ira Hayes was one of the six flag raisers of Iwo Jima and one of the three to survive the war. Ira was a Pima Indian, born on January 12, 1923, at the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona. This Native American joined the Marine Corps on August 24, 1942, and left for Iwo Jima with the other five future flag raisers. On Iwo Jima he watched his comrades die, including his buddies Sgt. Mike Strank, Cpl. Harlon Block, and Pfc. Franklin Sousley. Ira survived the battle and was sent home by the Army to take part in the 7th Bond Tour to promote the war. He struggled with his fame and feelings of inadequacy. After the war he went back to his reservation and battled with alcohol abuse. In 1954, he reluctantly attended the dedication ceremony for the Iwo Jima monument in Washington, DC. Only three months later, January 24, 1955, Hayes died after a night of poker and drinking. At the age of 32 he drank himself to death after being continually haunted by his lost friends and the undeserved glory that had been pressed upon him. Despite Ira’s opinion of his actions, he was entombed at Arlington National Cemetery, a true American hero.

 

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Arlington, Va

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