William Allen HayesPrivate First Class
E CO, 2ND BN, 26TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
27 April 1949 - 06 June 1968
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The database page for William Allen Hayes
On June 6th,1968, PFC Bill Hayes was a 3.5 rocket man attached to 2nd platoon, E/2/26, at Con Thien near the DMZ. Our platoon was ambushed by a larger enemy force. Bill was one of 14 KIA in the platoon during the day-long battle.
My squad leader ordered an attack which pressed the enemy very hard, but was very costly (to both sides). Bill died attacking a bunker complex armed only with two hand grenades. His final actions and death directly saved my life in very close quarter combat. His body fell into the enemy position and was subsequently thrown back out by the NVA defenders.
In 1997, Bill's relatives received a long overdue Silver Star Medal. Bill is the hero who I owe my life to and will never forget!
Virtual Wall NotesJim Kaylor's account of the 06 June 1968 battle near Con Thien was published in the Khe Sanh Veterans Association Inc. newsletter, Issue 50, Summer 2001, after this memorial was first published. It is available on-line at http://www.geocities.com/ksvredclay/issue-50-memoirs.htm .
The Virtual Wall has been able to identify the following men of Echo 2/26 Marines who died in or as a result of the battle. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are mentioned in Jim Kaylor's account.
It's been many years since we got into trouble in grammar school or high school. Remember we double dated to the drive-in before you left. I never have forgotten your friendship. Glad you saved the guys you were with, but that's the person you are! I ran into your Brother in the 70's when I was working at Speed Service and he had an AMC if I remember right. That's how I found out what you did to save those guys. Many years later like twenty five, I am at home and I see your friendly face on my TV screen, your brother and sister are recieving your medal. How cool is that!
I miss you Billy, but you knew that. Keep an eye on me so I take good care of myself, I'll see you soon enough.
From a friend,
FROM YOUR BUDDIES IN PLATOON 3009, WE MISS YOU.
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a former Marine buddy,
James N. Kaylor
19 Apr 2001
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
Last updated 10/28/2002