Hayes, Ira Hamilton, Cpl

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521-Other duty (PFC/Private)
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1944-1945, 604, E Co., 2nd Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (2/28)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate
Iwo Jima Certificate



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt Jason Barbosa (Barbo) to remember Marine Cpl Ira Hamilton Hayes (Chief Falling Cloud).

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Home Town
Last Address
Pime Indian Reservation in Sacaton

Date of Passing
Jan 24, 1955
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 34, Grave 479A

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Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback

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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. 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. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on February 2, 1955. Hayes was often commemorated in art and film, before and after his death. In 1949, he portrayed himself raising the flag in the motion picture movie, Sands of Iwo Jima. A giant Marine figure of Hayes raising the flag on Iwo Jima with the other five participants is included on the 1954 Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. In 1961, his life story was the subject of the movie The Outsider, starring Tony Curtis as Hayes. The movie inspired songwriter Peter La Farge to write "The Ballad of Ira Hayes", which became popular nationwide in 1964 after being recorded by Johnny Cash. In 2006, Hayes was portrayed by Adam Beach in the World War II movie Flags of Our Fathers.

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One of the finest fighting men in the Corps. Ira would have made Chesty proud. Visit: http://www.slide.co/r/1WWaG1515TipuJHevNs7D7aCzcKODy?previous_view=lt_embedded_url to see a great slideshow on Ira created by one of our own members here at tws. Semper Fi

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Basic Parachutist
Rifle Sharpshooter (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
1st Parachute Regiment28th Marine Regiment
  1943-1944, 9962, 3rd Parachute Bn, 1st Parachute Regiment
  1944-1945, 604, E Co., 2nd Bn, 28th Marine Regiment (2/28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Vella Lavella
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1945-1945 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Iwo Jima
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