It’s not easy being a symbol of America. (See also: bald eagle)
6 Images That Ruined the Lives of People They Made Famous

#3. The Sixth Man Who Raised the Flag at Iwo Jima
The problem was, the raising of the flag was by no means the end of the fighting — of the six men who appeared in the photo, three wound up getting killed in battle soon thereafter. Fearing that it would be a PR nightmare if all of the soldiers lost their lives, the American military brass decided to pull the survivors out of the war and make them famous. John Bradley and Rene Gagnon were quickly identified and flown home, which left the third and last flag man, Native American Ira Hayes, to become the real life Private Ryan. But Hayes didn’t want to be found.

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It’s not easy being a symbol of America. (See also: bald eagle)

6 Images That Ruined the Lives of People They Made Famous

#3. The Sixth Man Who Raised the Flag at Iwo Jima

The problem was, the raising of the flag was by no means the end of the fighting — of the six men who appeared in the photo, three wound up getting killed in battle soon thereafter. Fearing that it would be a PR nightmare if all of the soldiers lost their lives, the American military brass decided to pull the survivors out of the war and make them famous. John Bradley and Rene Gagnon were quickly identified and flown home, which left the third and last flag man, Native American Ira Hayes, to become the real life Private Ryan. But Hayes didn’t want to be found.

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