Thursday, October 26, 2006
Flag-raising Marine a victim of alcoholism
Marine Pvt. Ira Hayes was one of the six Marines who raised the flag at Iwo Jima, in a photograph that became a symbol of national price. Hayes, a Native American of the Pima people, died of exposure and alcoholism in 1955, his body discovered near his Gila River Reservation home in Arizona. He was 32. Hayes and his tragedy are featured in Clint Eastwood's latest movie, Flags of our Fathers. Source.