RAY A HAYES
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HONORED ON PANEL 43W, LINE 15 OF THE WALL

RAY ALLEN HAYES

WALL NAME

RAY A HAYES

PANEL / LINE

43W/15

DATE OF BIRTH

02/06/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/17/1968

HOME OF RECORD

KNOXVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Knox County

STATE

TN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

SGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RAY ALLEN HAYES
POSTED ON 4.25.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Ray Hayes,
Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. It is Easter week and Passover. The war was years ago, but we all need to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.17.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 9.17.2016
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT Ray Allen Hayes, 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
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POSTED ON 11.11.2015
POSTED BY: Ron "Ronnie" Evans

Best Friend

Ray "Pete" Hayes was my best friend from the 3rd Grade through the rest of his life. Spend many days with Pete and his family, Mother, Father, sisters (Sandy and Charlene). The last time he was on leave, we spent every day together. Pete made a solid impact on my life that is still with me today.
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POSTED ON 9.17.2014
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

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 Sergeant Ray A. Hayes (MCSN: 1942851), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 17 September 1968, while moving to its objective area in Quang Nam Province, Company A came under intense small arms, automatic weapons and antitank rocket fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified positions. When supporting artillery fires and air strikes failed to route the determined enemy, Sergeant Hayes bravely volunteered to lead a squad on a reconnaissance of the hostile area to assess the situation and search for a wounded Marine who had been separated from the company in the initial moments of the fire fight. After penetrating the enemy lines and realizing that he could maneuver more effectively alone, he deployed his men in a tree line and proceeded further into the hostile position. Disregarding his own safety, he fearlessly moved about the hazardous area until he had pinpointed the enemy emplacements and located his injured comrade. Having reported his tactical observations to his commanding officer, he resolutely returned to help his injured comrade, and while crossing the dangerous terrain, Sergeant Hayes came under a heavy volume of enemy machine gun fire and was mortally wounded. His bold initiative and heroic actions inspired all who observed him and contributed immeasurably to his unit subsequently routing the hostile force. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Sergeant Hayes upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Action Date: September 17, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company A

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 5th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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