Ira Hamilton Hayes – one of the soldiers who raised the flag on Iwo Jima
Ira Hamilton Hayes (January 12, 1923 – January 24, 1955) – US Marine of Indian descent, and member of the Second World War. He is known as one of the six soldiers in the photographs, “Raising the Flag in Iwo Jima”.
After passing the basic training in San Diego, he was trained as paratroopers on the Marines basis in San Diego. On March 14, 1943 2 Parachute Battalion and Ira Hayes sailed to New Caledonia. At first he took part in the Battle of Bougainville.
February 19, 1945 Ira Hayes participated in the landing on Iwo Jima, and five days later on February 23 was among the group who took the mountain Mount Suribachi. Raising the flag by five Marines on Mount Suribachi: Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon, Harlon Block, Franklin Suzli, Michal Strenkom – and an army medic John Bradley was immortalized by photographer Joe Rosenthal and became one of the symbols of the war for the Americans. Per night Hayes and other two survivors after the battle (Rene Gagnon and John Bradley) became national heroes.
Ira Hayes’ personal honors include:
Marine Corps War Memorial (Marine flag raising figure), Arlington, Virginia.
Hayes Peak, the northernmost mountain in the Sierra Estrella, Phoenix, Arizona.
Ira Hayes Park (statue), Sacaton, Arizona.
Marine Corps League, Ira Hayes Detachment 2, Phoenix, Arizona.
American Legion, Ira Hayes Post 84, Sacaton, Arizona.