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Ira Hamilton Hayes, born January 12, 1923 and died January 24, 1955 , was one of six U.S. Marines immortalized by Joe Rosenthal 's photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II World .

Born in the Gila River Indian Reservation , Arizona , a direct descendant of the Pima people, Hayes stopped his schooling in 1942 to engage in the Marines. Following a paratrooper training , he was then called Chief Falling Cloud. After a stay in training camp , he was sent to the Pacific. He participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima , which began February 19, 1945 , and was part of the group of Marines who conquered Mount Suribachi four days later on 23 February 1945. The installation of the flag at the top of the mountain by five Marines , to which he belonged , and a soldier of the medical profession , was immortalized by American photographer Joe Rosenthal and became a symbol image of the war. Hayes, who appears on the bottom left of the photograph became a national hero , and his two companions survivors present in the photograph , Rene Gagnon and John Bradley. The story of Hayes retained particular attention because of its Native American .

It is interpreted in the Clint Eastwood film in 2006 , Flags of Our Fathers by Adam Beach. The film traces taking the island of Iwo Jima and the success experienced Ira Hayes and his comrades on their return to the United States , the film ends by showing the end of the life of Hayes return to his Indian reserve has problems with alcohol.