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"The Ballad of Ira Hayes" was written by folk singer Peter La Farge. It tells the story of Ira Hayes, one of the five Marines and one Navy Corpsman who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. The song has been recorded many times; the most popular version is by Johnny Cash. Patrick Sky covered it on his self-titled 1965 debut album (and later for a 1985 album). Bob Dylan followed… read more


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  • Avatar for Herky1975
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  • Avatar for Roy1968Wood
    The Marine Corps still holds Ira Hayes in high regard as well as all of the Marines who fought the bloody battle of Iwo Jima - and Saipan, Tarawa, Okinawa, Guadalcanal, etc. God bless Ira Hayes.
  • Avatar for IamFlood
    I think La Farge did it best but Cash really put a nice spin on it. Plus check out Townes Van Zandt's version.
  • Avatar for celoporto
    I prefer Dylan singing it...
  • Avatar for Batje4
    Great song, in a line of many. Tx Johnny.
  • Avatar for mayflowerrose
    Thanks Johnny - a story that needed to be told.
  • Avatar for da4cu4
    great song
  • Avatar for HorstKrannich
    +++ einfach klasse +++
  • Avatar for joaoleopires
    Excellent music....
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