JOHN H HAYS
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HONORED ON PANEL 39W, LINE 37 OF THE WALL

JOHN HULSEY HAYS

WALL NAME

JOHN H HAYS

PANEL / LINE

39W/37

DATE OF BIRTH

09/24/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/08/1968

HOME OF RECORD

WINTER HAVEN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Polk County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CAPT

Book a time
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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JOHN HULSEY HAYS
POSTED ON 1.15.2003
POSTED BY: Paul Greany

My Captain, My Leader, My Friend

I served with Captain Hays as his Track Commander in Vietnam. We were together every day and night for months, including when he died.
In all the years since, he was, by far, the best "Leader" I have ever known. His demeanor, high standards, and quiet example, have served as my own personal guide throughout my life.
I will always miss his guidance, encouragement, and friendship. He was, and always will be, My Captain!
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POSTED ON 11.19.2001
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS FINE YOUNG UNITED STATES ARMY OFFICER WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE


CAPTAIN


JOHN HULSEY HAYS


WAS A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE OF THE

UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

AT WEST POINT, NEW YORK

IN THE CLASS OF 1965


WHO WAS SERVING AS

COMMANDING OFFICER OF

BRAVO TROOP

1st / 11th ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

WHEN HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION

ON 8 NOVEMBER 1968


AND WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

PURPLE HEART MEDAL





--- DUTY - HONOR - COUNTRY ---





--- THE LONG GRAY LINE ---





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE





"...who shall speak for the unseen dead..."





25858



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POSTED ON 11.18.2001
POSTED BY: Rick Renardson

Remembrance

You're still remembered fondly in Winter Haven.
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POSTED ON 3.20.1999
POSTED BY: W. A. "BUZZ" HATCH, MAJ USAR (

THE PRIDE OF WP65

I MET JOHN, WHILE HE WAS SERVING WITH THE 1ST SQUADRON, 2ND ACR. WE WERE STATIONED IN BINDLACH KASERNE, LOCATED IN NORTHERN BAVARIA. OUR UNIT WAS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN PATROLLING THE EAST-WEST BORDERS BETWEEN BOTH EAST GERMANY AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA. OUR SQUADRON NORMALLY HAD A COMPLEMENT OF 44 OFFICERS. WE HAD 14, DUE TO DRAW DOWNS MADE NECESSARY BY THE VIETNAM WAR.

IN 1967, HE AND I WERE THE ONLY OFFICERS IN "B" TROOP, 1ST SQDRN, 2ACR. HE WAS THE TROOP COMMANDER, AND I WAS THE "EVERYTHING ELSE" OFFICER. HE WAS A FAIR MINDED COMMANDER, WHO CARED FOR EVERYONE. TOGETHER WE RAN THE BEST TROOP IN THE REGIMENT. hE BROUGHT HIS "WEST POINT" POLISH TO THE TASK, AND I COMPLEMENTED HIM WITH MY PRIOR SERVICE EXPERIENCE AS A MARINE NCO. WE MADE A GOOD TEAM.

WHEN FACED WITH THE CHALLENGE OF ARMY TRAINING TESTS AT GRAFENWOHR; WE MADE A PLAN AND BROUGHT ALL ELEKMENTS OF OUR TROOP UP TO SPEED. DURING THE ACTUAL CONDUCT OF THE TEST WE SCORED WELL BOTH AT PLATOON LEVEL, AND AT TROOP LEVEL. MY RECOLLECTION IS THAT WE SCORED TOPS IN THE REGIMENT THAT YEAR.

JOHN HAD ONE HABIT, WAS TO PROVE HIS UNDOING. IN TACTICAL SETTINGS, HE TENDED TO EXPOSE HIMSELF TOO MUCH. DURING ONE TEST, THE UMPIRE MADE HIM A CASUALTY, AND I ASSUMED COMMAND. BECAUSE WE HAD PREPARED OURSELVES SO WELL, UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, WE DID NOT MISS A BEAT AND CONTINUED THE PROBLEM FLAWLESSLY. LATER, I SUGGESTED THAT HE SHOULD AVOID GETTING TO FAR FORWARD. I HOPE THAT HE LISTENED TO HI FORMER MARINE FRIEND. FOR A LONG TIME I HAD A FEELING THAT HE FOLLOWED HI PRACTICE OF GETTING UP FRONT, AND THAT MAY HAVE BEEN WHERE HE WAS WHEN HE GOT HIT. I ACCEPT THE FACT THAT JOHN LIKED TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE, AND I KNOW HE WAS A CREDIT TO US ALL. i AM GLAD HE IS RECOGNIZED AT BOUDINOT HALL. HE WAS A FRIEND AND COMRADE, WHO I STILL MISS.
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POSTED ON 3.19.1999
POSTED BY: W. A. "BUZZ" HATCH, MAJ USAR (

THE PRIDE OF WP65

I MET JOHN, WHILE WE WERE SERVING WITH THE 1ST SQUADRON, 2ND ACR. WE WERE STATIONED IN BINDLACH KASERNE, LOCATED IN NORTHERN BAVARIA. OUR UNIT WAS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN PATROLLING THE EAST-WEST BORDERS BETWEEN BOTH EAST GERMANY AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA. OUR SQUADRON NORMALLY HAD A COMPLEMENT OF 44 OFFICERS. WE HAD ONLY 14, DUE TO DRAW DOWNS MADE NECESSARY BY THE VIETNAM WAR.

IN 1967, HE AND I WERE THE ONLY OFFICERS IN "B" TROOP, 1ST SQDRN, 2ACR. HE WAS THE TROOP COMMANDER, AND I WAS THE "EVERYTHING ELSE" OFFICER. HE WAS A FAIR MINDED COMMANDER, WHO CARED FOR EVERYONE. TOGETHER WE RAN THE BEST TROOP IN THE REGIMENT. HE BROUGHT HIS "WEST POINT" POLISH TO THE TASK, AND I COMPLIMENTED HIM WITH MY PRIOR SERVICE EXPERIENCE AS A MARINE NCO. WE MADE A GOOD TEAM.

WHEN FACED WITH THE CHALLENGE OF ARMY TRAINING TESTS AT GRAFENWOHR; WE MADE A PLAN AND BROUGHT ALL ELEKMENTS OF OUR TROOP UP TO SPEED. DURING THE ACTUAL CONDUCT OF THE TEST WE SCORED WELL BOTH AT PLATOON LEVEL, AND AT TROOP LEVEL. MY RECOLLECTION IS THAT WE SCORED TOPS IN THE REGIMENT THAT YEAR.

JOHN HAD ONE HABIT, WHICH MAY HAVE PROVEN HIS UNDOING. IN TACTICAL SETTINGS, HE TENDED TO EXPOSE HIMSELF TOO MUCH. DURING ONE TEST, THE UMPIRE MADE HIM A CASUALTY, AND I ASSUMED COMMAND. BECAUSE WE HAD PREPARED OURSELVES SO WELL, UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, WE DID NOT MISS A BEAT AND CONTINUED THE PROBLEM FLAWLESSLY. LATER, I SUGGESTED THAT HE SHOULD AVOID GETTING TO FAR FORWARD. I HOPED THAT HE LISTENED TO HIS FORMER MARINE, FRIEND. FOR A LONG TIME I HAD A FEELING THAT HE HAD CONTINUED FOLLOWING HIS PRACTICE OF GETTING UP FRONT, AND THAT IT MAY HAVE BEEN WHERE HE WAS WHEN HE GOT HIT. I ACCEPT THE FACT THAT JOHN LIKED TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE, AND I KNOW HE WAS A CREDIT TO US ALL. I AM GLAD HE IS RECOGNIZED AT BOUDINOT HALL. HE WAS A FRIEND AND COMRADE, WHO I STILL MISS.
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