Songwriters: P. La Farge

Ira Hayes

Ira Hayes

Call him drunken Ira Hayes
He won't answer anymore
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian
Nor the Marine that went to war

Gather round me people there's a story I would tell
About a brave young Indian  you should remember well
From the tribe of the Pima Indian, a proud and peaceful band
Who farmed the Phoenix valley in Arizona land

Down the ditches for a thousand years
The water grew Ira's peoples' crops
'Til the white man stole the water rights
And the sparklin' water stopped

Now Ira's folks were hungry
And their land grew crops of weeds
But when war came, Ira volunteered
And forgot the white man's greed

Call him drunken Ira Hayes
He won't answer anymore
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian
Nor the Marine that went to war

There they battled up Iwo Jima's hill
Two hundred and fifty men
But only twenty-seven lived
To walk back down again

And when that fight was over
And when Old Glory raised
Among the men who held it high
Was the Indian, Ira Hayes

Call him drunken Ira Hayes
He won't answer anymore
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian
Nor the Marine that went to war

Ira returned a hero
Celebrated through the land
He was wined and speeched and honored
Everybody shook his hand

But he was just a Pima Indian
No water, no crops, no chance
At home nobody cared what Ira had done
And when did the Indians dance

Call him drunken Ira Hayes
He won't answer anymore
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian
Nor the Marine that went to war

Then Ira started drinkin' hard
Jail was often his home
They'd let him raise the flag and lower it
Like you'd throw a dog a bone

He died drunk early one mornin'
Alone in the land he fought to save
Two inches of water in a lonely ditch
Was a grave for Ira Hayes

Call him drunken Ira Hayes
He won't answer anymore
Not the whiskey drinkin' Indian
Nor the Marine that went to war

Yeah, call him drunken Ira Hayes
But his land is just as dry
And his ghost is lyin' thirsty
In the ditch where Ira died

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World War 2 Facts – Intelligence
Some of the most intriguing facts of World War 2 were the 20th century’s best-kept secrets. On that memorable day when Marines raised the American Flag to signal victory at Iwo Jima, the radio crackled with strange guttural noises and intonations. These inhuman sounds repeatedly frustrated and baffled the Japanese cryptologists. The Navajo “Code-Talkers” were a selected group of Navajos who sent and received errorless messages that were virtually indecipherable to Japan. The code-talkers skill, speed, and accuracy gave U.S. troops the decisive advantage at Guadacanal, Tarawa, Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. 

In the years prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. relied heavily onMagic, the code name for the best intelligence used in decoding Japan’sPurple Machine (cipher) messages. In addition to obtaining advance knowledge of Japanese strategies, Magic provided crucial information regarding the war in Europe -- Hitler’s capabilities and plans. It was Magicthat intercepted a message on November 28, 1941 instructing Japan to sever all diplomatic relations with the United States. On December 2, 1941, Magic decoded a message ordering the enemy to “destroy all Japanese codes” -- a forewarning. Sadly, only a handful of people in top positions of the U.S. government received the decrypted material and no effective “infrastructure” was in place to distribute the key information that have could prevented such a tragedy. 

There are messages being sent today, not in code, but clearly spoken to be received by everyone. Yet, the question remains, who will listen? “And wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other . . . but this is only the beginning of the horrors to come” (Mark 13:7-8).

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World War 2 Facts – On the Home Front
When consideration is given to World War 2 facts, those facts differ dramatically. With each generation the recollections disappear as those who experienced the events pass on. Yet over six decades later, there still remain courageous men and women who recall first-hand, “the war to end all wars.” 

The United States was thrust into “the war that raged around the world” on December 7, 1941 -- the attack on Pearl Harbor. Almost overnight, America’s economy shifted into war production. Military necessities took precedence over consumer goods. Due to the shortage and reallocation of food and non-food items, the government introduced rationing, assuring that everyone would receive their fair share. My mother, then 17, recalls my grandmother using war ration books and tokens to purchase sugar, butter, and meat. “It didn’t matter if you could afford more. Everyone got a small amount.” By the end of 1942, half of all automobiles were issued an “A” sticker, allowing only four gallons of fuel per week. Your Mileage Ration Book coupons severely restricted any driving of “A” cars for pleasure. Even the pleasure of wearing stockings gave way to the urgent demand for nylon parachutes. Bea, barely 20, recalls, “To give the illusion of stockings with seams, we used eyebrow pencils to draw lines down the back of our bare legs. You just had to be careful to never cross your legs or your ‘seams’ would smear!”

World War 2 Facts – The Woman’s Touch
Among the most impressive World War 2 facts is the unprecedented numbers of women who served as factory workers. Women devoted themselves to meeting the wartime production demands for planes, tanks, ships, and weapons. As a Property and Supply Clerk, Bea handled the distribution of parts in building the F4U1 Corsair, an aircraft known for its high durability and maneuverability in dogfights. 

While fathers, brothers, and husbands fought battles halfway around the world, women sacrificially gave their support as well. An unprecedented number of women entered the ranks as factory workers:

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  • From 1940-1945, the female labor force grew by 50%.
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