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RALPH LEWIS HARPER

  • Wall Name:RALPH L HARPER
  • Date of Birth:1/14/1948
  • Date of Casualty:6/6/1968
  • Home of Record:INDIANAPOLIS
  • County of Record:INDIANAPOLIS AND MARION COUNTY
  • State:IN
  • Branch of Service:MARINE CORPS
  • Rank:LCPL
  • Panel/Line:59W, 4
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TRI

ALVA DEAN HENTHORN

  • Wall Name:ALVA D HENTHORN
  • Date of Birth:11/26/1947
  • Date of Casualty:6/6/1968
  • Home of Record:COLUMBUS
  • County of Record:FAIRFIELD COUNTY
  • State:OH
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:CPL
  • Panel/Line:59W, 4
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

WILLIAM ALLEN HAYES


is honored on Panel 59W, Line 4 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 6/6/17 - by A US Marine, Quang Tri
    William Allen Hayes
    Date of birth: 27-Apr-49
    Date of death: June 6, 1968
    Home of record: Chicago Illinois
    Status: KIA

    AWARDS AND CITATIONS

    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class William Allen Hayes (MCSN: 2359755), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam, on 6 June 1968. While serving with the Second Platoon and on security patrol near Con Thien, Private First Class Hayes and the platoon were ambushed by approximately two companies of enemy forces. Surrounded and pinned down for four hours without communication and additional support, an order was given to "fix bayonets" and charge the entrenched enemy defensive position. "Helmetless and bare chested," Private First Class Hayes, holding an M-26 fragmentation grenade in each hand, chose to assault an enemy machine gun emplacement. In his assault, Private First Class Hayes was able to toss, underhanded, the grenade in his left hand toward the machine gun position. Before an accurate attempt to destroy the machine gun with the second grenade in his right hand, he was mortally wounded with his body falling headlong into the enemy position causing a lack of maneuverability of the machine gun. This heroic action is credited with directly saving the life of a fellow Marine in the assault of the position, allowing for the eventual success of breaking contact with the enemy and relief by friendly forces. Private First Class Hayes' courage, bold initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

    Action Date: 6-Jun-68

    Service: Marine Corps

    Rank: Private First Class

    Company: Company E

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 26th Marines

    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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  • 49 years ago

    Posted on 6/6/17 - by Steve Haisley slhaisley@aol.com
    The memory of that day is still vivid in my mind. I'm sorry we couldn't get to you in time. Semper Fi
  • Semper Fi, brother

    Posted on 5/21/17 - by Ron Deverick usmcarty312@aol.com
    Bill,
    We met in boot camp and during training we were next to each other a lot. Wish we had gotten to know each other better. You were a true inspiration. Some of us are gathering for our 50th anniversary, and we'll drink a toast to you and the others who didn't return.
    Semper Fi, until we meet again.

    PLATOON 3009, 1967, MCRD SAN DIEGO
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  • 48 years ago today

    Posted on 6/6/16 - by Steve Haisley slhaisley@aol.com
    Seems just like yesterday. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten. Semper Fi
  • Memorial Day 2016

    Posted on 5/30/16 - by Steve Haisley slhaisley@aol.com
    You are remembered. Jim Kaylor is with you now. Semper Fidelis
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