Cinema: Descent from Suribachi

The Outsider (Universal-International). The most famous photograph of World War II was Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize picture of six marines planting the Stars and Stripes on the summit of Mount Suribachi, the highest point on Iwo Jima. Three of the marines were later killed on Iwo; the three who survived became national heroes. But one of the survivors, a Pima Indian named Ira Hayes, was killed by that snapshot as surely, if not as swiftly, as by a bullet.

Summoned home by a grateful government, Ira and his buddies were met with brass bands, bronze stars, microphones and cocktail shakers. They were...

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