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Master Sgt. James F. Hayes View/Sign Guest Book
Master Sgt. James F. Hayes

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Age:   48
Hometown: Barstow, CA
Date of Death: 11/6/2005
Incident Location: Taji, Iraq
 
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Master Sgt.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Unit's Base: Fort Campbell, KY

(Additional information provided by the The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY)

Sergeant First Class James F. Hayes, A Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team died on November 6th near Taji, Iraq, from injuries sustained when his HMMWV struck an improvised explosive device while on patrol. Hayes, 48, was a cannon crewmember (13B). He entered the Army in November 1984, and arrived at Fort Campbell March 2003. He first served at Fort Campbell from 1995 to 1998. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and three daughters, 21, 12 and 10, of Clarksville, Tenn.; a daughter, 28, in Barstow, Calif.; and a son, 26, of Louisville, Ky. His awards and decorations include the Air Assault Badge, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, South West Asia Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, numerous Army Achievement Medals, numerous Army Commendation Medals, numerous Good Conduct Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star. A memorial service for Hayes will be held in Iraq. Fort Campbell holds a monthly Eagle Remembrance Ceremony the second Wednesday of each month. Said the Hayes family, "James honorably served his country for 22 years. He served one tour in Desert Storm and was on his second tour in Iraqi Freedom, where he was killed fighting for what he believed in. In doing so, he paid the ultimate price for his family, friends and soldiers."

Source: Associated Press
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