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Ira Hayes

Born: Jan 12, 1923

Death: Jan 24, 1955

Birthplace: Sacaton

Profession: Soldier

Nationality: United States

Ira Hayes

Date of Birth : Jan 12, 1923
Date of Death : Jan 24, 1955
Birth Place : Sacaton

Ira Hamilton Hayes 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. 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 five 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. He died of exposure to cold and alcohol poisoning after a night of drinking on January 23–24, 1955.


  • Soldier

Also known as

  • Chief Falling Cloud
  • Ira Hamilton Hayes
  • Pfc. Ira H. Hayes


  • Joseph Hayes
  • Nancy Hamilton
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