iwojima-monument Iwo Jima Names

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.[4][5]

Hayes was an enrolled member of the Gila River Pima Indian Reservation (1859 [6]) 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.

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