Johnny Cash does a good job telling Ira hayes' story. This song was written by Peter LaFarge after he saw the movie "The Outsider" starring Tony Curtis as Ira hayes.
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As a result Ira was reassigned to a bond-promoting assignment tour and held as a hero. Ira was discharged from the Marines after the war and returned home. Hayes was still in demand as a speaker. He also portrayed himself in a move "The Sands of Iwo Jima." He knew he was being exploited even as his people suffered. With limited education he found it difficult to get a job. He also struggled with alcohol. At age 32 he was found dead in a ditch from exposure and alcohol poisoning. He died in Bapchule, Arizona and was buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery.