S/Sgt Hayes was from Hollidaysburg Pa. and enlisted in the US Army in April 1941. In October 1943, he was sent overseas. In November 1944, his unit the 110th Infantry, 28th Division, found themselves entering a place that would become legend, the Hurtgen forest. 12 days later S/Sgt Hayes was wounded and captured by the Germans. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag 3B.
Notice his ribbon bar has the American Defence and the GCM in the wrong order. If you are a purist this is not unusual!
His Purple Heart is officially hand engraved and was most likely issued to him named after he came home, rather than while he was a POW.
Edited by KASTAUFFER, 14 January 2012 - 03:57 PM.