U.S. Army 1943–1945


John Hayes entered the U.S. Army in June 1943, right after graduating from Cathedral High School in Boston. He served as a rifleman in K Company, 143rd Infantry, 36th Division, and saw action in Italy and southern France. Wounded twice, Hayes earned two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, a a Presidential Unit citation and the French Croix de Guerre.


A close-up of John P. Hayes’ cap, 2013.

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