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  • Wall Name:JOSEPH M HARTL
  • Date of Birth:5/22/1949
  • Date of Casualty:5/22/1970
  • Home of Record:CHICAGO
  • County of Record:COOK COUNTY
  • State:IL
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SGT
  • Panel/Row:10W, 79
  • Casualty Province:


  • Date of Birth:2/14/1944
  • Date of Casualty:5/22/1970
  • Home of Record:COFIELD
  • County of Record:HERTFORD COUNTY
  • State:NC
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SSGT
  • Panel/Row:10W, 80
  • Casualty Province:


is honored on Panel 10W, Row 80 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Leave a Remembrance


  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/22/15 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 1LT Neil Burgess Hayes Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • We Remember a Friend and Classmate

    Posted on 1/20/14 - by Carl Roof
    Neal, your classmates of "68" at St. Michael's College remember you and honor your memory. Thank you for going where many others wouldn't or couldn't to serve our country and ultimately to pay the greatest sacrifice. You will not be forgotten. You were with us at our latest reunion in the form of a rubbing of your name, done by classmate Jerry Baumbach, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial some years ago. A toast was raised in your honor and some fine stories told by those who knew you best. Peace.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/27/13 - by Robert Sage
    Neil is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, MI.
  • Your sacrifice is not forgotten

    Posted on 12/17/11 - by Michigan Call for Photos Project
    Photo courtesy of Ruth Babcock and VVA Chapter 154
  • My OCS Tactical Officer

    Posted on 6/4/09 - by Richard A. Dillard
    He was my Tac officer while I was in OCS at Ft.Benning and assisted me in getting that same position following graduation. A true friend of whom I think about,along with the other "heroes", after all these years.
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 4/18/06 - by Bill Nelson

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
  • Thank You Is Never Enough

    Posted on 1/15/04 - by Meghan Hayes
    Thank you for your bravery.

    Thank you for your selflessness.

    Thank you for your sacrifice.
  • Essential truth.

    Posted on 11/16/02 - by Randlett
    The essential truth of war is that even the good, intelligent and well educated die. I'll never forget you.

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