The real Ira Hayes was awarded the Parachutist Badge upon his completion of jump school, which he attended after his boot camp training. Later he earned the Presidential Unit Citation for his combat actions in the Pacific. Yet neither of these awards appear on his uniform after he returns to the United States for the war bond tour (however, his uniform does correctly include ribbons for the American Campaign Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. See more »
This is the sad and touching story of Ira Hayes, with a fine acting job by Tony Curtis. Do not expect action scenes with battles and heroics. There is only a brief section that takes place on Iwo Jima;the rest is drama. Some may argue about this or that point of historical accuracy-- with good reason probably--but when all that is done, we're left with just a good drama about a young man who could not cope with the bizarre role of 'national hero' that fate forced upon him. The story is about how events outside his control affected his relationships with friends, family, his community, comrades and his country. We wish life could have turned out better for such a decent man.
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