A funeral is being held today for Bob Hayes, the 92-year-old Salem resident who worked so hard to keep those summer concerts going at Salem Willows. The bandstand was dedicated to him this summer.
Among many claims to fame, Hayes was a trombone player with the Navy band aboard the USS Essex. As the ship chugged toward Iwo Jima, Hayes chatted with a photographer who was aboard the ship and liked to hang out with the band.
The photographer was Joe Rosenthal, who took the immortal photo of the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi.
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