Ira Hayes (1923–1955) was a Pima Native American & a US Marine corporal who was 1 of 6 men immortalized in the iconic 1945 photo of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima during WW2. The event was captured by Joe Rosenthal of the AP & widely distributed, making the 6 men national heroes. Hayes was never comfortable with his new-found fame tho. After his Marine service, he descended into alcoholism and died in 1955 of alcohol poisoning. He was buried w honors at Arlington National Cemetery on 2/2/1955.
Ira "Chief Falling Cloud" 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.
Feb. 23, 1945: The Raising of OUR Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photo that was taken in 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. 5 U.S. Marines & a U.S. Navy corpsman raised OUR flag of the U.S. atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Of the 6 men depicted in the photo, 3 (Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, & Michael Strank) were killed during the battle; the 3 survivors (John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, & Ira Hayes) became National Heroes upon their identification in the photo....
There are six Flag Raisers on the famous Iwo Jima photo. Four in the front line and two in back. The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block. The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.