William Stephen Hayes III
Company C 1-22 Infantry
4th Infantry Division
February 5, 2006
Hometown: St. Tammany, LA (Slidell)
Date of Death: 2/5/2006
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military: Army
MOS: 19K-Armor Crewman
Unit: 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mech)
Unit's Base: Fort Hood, Texas
From the Freedom Remembered website
SPC William Hayes' decorations
William S. Hayes
as a Private E-2
Photo from the
Soldier from Slidell dies in Iraq
By Matthew Penix
St. Tammany News
SLIDELL - A 23-year-old soldier
from Slidell whose father said had a passion for life
died in Iraq from a "non-combat" injury, his family said Tuesday.
Spc. William S. Hayes III, a
Slidell High School graduate, died Sunday in Baghdad during
Operation Iraq Freedom,
according to the Department of Defense.
The death is under
investigation, but a DOD spokeswoman could not confirm reports
Hayes died in a car accident.
She said non-combat deaths are classified as illness, accidental, foul play, suicide or an act of God,
such as being struck by lightning.
"He was the most wonderful
kid you've ever met," said his father, William Hayes,
during a brief phone conversation Tuesday morning.
Hayes' funeral is expected to take place in Slidell in the next week to 10 days when his body is returned, Hayes' father said.
Hayes started his initial
training at Fort Knox, Ky., as an M-1 armor crewman.
He was then assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team
and 4th Infantry division at Fort Hood, Texas.
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This month we lost an
influential member of our ranks.
SPC William Hayes passed away in the early morning hours of February 5th, 2006.
William Hayes was an important member of C Company, 1-22 Infantry.
His willingness to perform any task distinguished him as one of the most reliable Soldiers in the Company.
Just one week prior, SPC Hayes found a large, hidden IED on a dismounted patrol
his actions saved the lives of many of his platoon members.
SPC Hayess dedication to his platoon and his mission played a key role in the overall success
of our Company and the Battalion.
Captain John Robertson February 15, 2006
Birth: Dec. 11, 1982
Death: Feb. 5, 2006
Spc. William S. Hayes III, of St. Tammany, died Sunday in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a lifelong resident of Slidell
and a 2001 graduate of Slidell High School. He was serving his country in Iraq with the First 22nd Infantry in the U.S. Army and was a tank driver
and munitions loader. He is survived by his parents, William S. Hayes Jr. and Debra Gafford Hayes; grandmother, Lola Beth Hayes;
brother, Elvis Jackson Hayes; and sisters Jennifer Ann Hayes and Michelle Marie Hayes all of Slidell. He was preceded in death by his grandparents,
William S. Hayes Sr., Frieda Perry of Ashland City, Tenn., and Elvis Elmo Gafford. He was 24.
22nd Infantry Regiment,
1st Brigade Combat Team,
4th Infantry Division,
Fort Hood, Texas
Forest Lawn Cemetery
St. Tammany Parish
Grave marker for Specialist William S. Hayes
Photo by Sam Lindsay MSgt USMC Ret from the Find A Grave website
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