MSGT John Eric Hayes

MSGT John Eric Hayes

Birth
USA
Death 8 Jul 2009 (aged 36)
Helmand, Afghanistan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60 Site 8849
Memorial ID 39291618 · View Source
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Marine Master Sgt Hayes was assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He was coming back from a patrol in a Humvee when it tripped an improvised explosive device killing him instantly. John was a member of the ROTC at Middleburg High School in Middleburg, Florida. He was in the delayed entry program to join the Marines and did in July 1991 – one month after graduation. John met his future wife, Shannon, in high school and they have three wonderful children. He was the operations chief for his company and was deployed to Afghanistan in April. His previous deployments included Kosovo and Albania in 1998, Kuwait in 1991 and Iraq in 2003 and 2007. John's awards include two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons, a Joint Meritorious Unit Award, a Navy Unit Commendation, two Navy Meritorious Unit Citations, five Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, a Southwest Asia Service Medal, two Kosovo Campaign medals, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Armed Forces Service Medal, two Humanitarian Service Medals, six Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, a Marine Security Guard Ribbon, two NATO Medals, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. John was a devoted family man, known for spending many quality hours with his children like exploring in the woods or sitting on the floor coloring with them. At night, he and Shannon would sit on the porch and talk for hours. Shannon has said, "This man was put on the earth for me."


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  • Originally Created by: Sue
  • Added: 10 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39291618
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MSGT John Eric Hayes (22 Mar 1973–8 Jul 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39291618, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Brenda N (contributor 46490312) .