Remembering An American HeroPosted on 1/30/14 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear LCPL William Clayton Gunter, sirMORE
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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
45 years ago todayPosted on 6/6/13 - by Steve Haisley firstname.lastname@example.org
I remember. Semper Fi
Silver Star CitationPosted on 6/6/12 - by A Marine
Awarded posthumously 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
Thinking of youPosted on 6/6/12 - by Steve Haisley email@example.com
Just stopped by to let you know that someone is thinking about you today and that you haven't been forgotten. Semper Fi
We RememberPosted on 12/15/10 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgWilliam is buried at St Joseph Cemetery, River Grove,IL. SS PH-GS
RememberingPosted on 6/7/09 - by Steve Haisley email@example.comBill,MORE
I thought about you yesterday and all the other Marines from "E" 2/26 who were killed during the ambush. I didn't know you back then, but I remember hearing the firefight start and thinking someone really ran into some bad stuff. You haven't been forgotten. Semper Fi
Thank you PFC HayesPosted on 11/10/03 - by Donald Lytle firstname.lastname@example.orgAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you William Allen Hayes, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!MORE
Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!
Again, thank you PFC William Allen Hayes, for a job exceptionally well done!
REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND
Marine RememberedPosted on 3/12/03 - by DavePFC William Hayes, 19, USMCMORE
Silver Star Medal,...
Purple Heart Medal,...
Vietnam: 1968, June 6, 1968
Unit: 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines (Regiment)
IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS HEROIC YOUNG UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS SERVICEMAN WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE ~~~~~ SILVER STAR ~~~~~Posted on 10/14/00 - by CLAY MARSTONPRIVATE FIRST CLASSMORE
WILLIAM ALLEN HAYES
Service No. 2359755
was a posthumous recipient of the
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.