HEROES: Then There Were Two

It was luck of a sort that brought Pfc. Ira Hayes to the summit of Mt. Suribachi on the southern edge of battle-torn Iwo Jima as Associated Press Photographer Joe Rosenthal was setting up the dramatic photograph of Hayes, four fellow Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag. Everyone who saw it was stirred by the picture; it brought Rosenthai a Pulitzer Prize, was made into a postage stamp, finally became the model for a monument in Washington to the Marine dead of all wars. For Ira, the picture was a prelude...

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