Harry Ellis Hayes

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
10 November 1945 - 31 March 1970
Alexander City, Alabama
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Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Harry Ellis Hayes

12 Jan 2005

Harry Hayes, USMA 1968

I will describe Harry as Terry Butler, who was a close friend, teammate, and classmate, described him to me. When I mentioned to Terry that I was researching one of his classmates who was killed in Vietnam he immediately said "Harry Hayes". The admiration for his friend was evident in the words that he used to describe him. Tough, honest, funny, a good friend, a leader, these were just a few of the words that he used to describe this 1968 graduate of the USMA. Terry went on to tell me, with some personal pride, that the middle name of one of his grandchildren was Hayes. Terry had spoken about his friend Harry so often to his sons, as they grew up, that one of them had used Harry's surname as his child's middle name. What better lasting monument to the life of Harry E. Hayes?

Another local resident, who had coached Harry in peewee football, told me that Harry was the kind of kid who just wanted to play no matter what the sport. He was the guy that you could give the ball to and tell him you needed three yards and Harry wouldn't stop running until he had at least five. He said that he could still see Harry running down the field with two or three people hanging onto him and he would just keep running.

According to the official description of the events that led to Harry's death, when his unit was ambushed the opening fire killed three men and a working dog. Lt. Hayes, his platoon sergeant, the dog handler and the working dog were all killed in the opening seconds of the engagement. Harry was leading from the front, just as his friends here knew he would be.

Mark Sullivan

A Note from The Virtual Wall

As noted above, three men were killed in action on 31 March 1970 while assigned to B Company, 2/506th Infantry, on operations in Thua Thien Province:
  • 1LT Harry E. Hayes, Alexander City, AL;
  • SSG Thomas J. Shriner, Royal City, WA; and
  • PFC Newton L. Tapp, Granite City, IL.
However, official records indicate that all three were assigned to Bravo 2/506 and there is no record of a dog handler killed in action on 31 March 1970 ... but the Vietnam Dog Handlers' Association does record the death of a scout dog on that date:
"3/31/1970 AXEL K059 58th IPSD Army"
Axel's handler, James Doney of the 58th Infantry Platoon (Scout Dog) at Camp Evans, survived. It would seem Doney and Axel, believed to be a German Shepherd, were involved in the incident in which 1LT Hayes died.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a researcher,
Mark Sullivan
16 Jan 2005

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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