Born in China, September 27, 1892, he earned the Medal of Honor for service in World War I while serving as First Lieutenant, 10th Field Artillery, 3rd Division, American Expeditionary Force, near Greves Farm, France, on July 14-15, 1918. The Medal was actually issued to him in 1919.
General Hays commanded the 10th Mountain Divison in the European Theater of Operations in World War II.
He died on September 7, 1978 and was buried in Section 11 of Arlington National Cemetery.
HAYS, GEORGE PRICE
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army 10th Field Artillery, 3d Division. Place and date: Near Greves Farm, France, 14-15 July 1918. Entered service at: Okarche, Oklahoma. Born: 27 September 1892, China. G.O. No.: 34, W.D., 1919.
At the very outset of the unprecedented artillery bombardment by the enemy, his line of communication was destroyed beyond repair. Despite the hazard attached to the mission of runner, he immediately set out to establish contact with the neighboring post of command and further establish liaison with 2 French batteries, visiting their position so frequently that he was mainly responsible for the accurate fire therefrom. While thus engaged, 7 horses were shot under him and he was severely wounded. His activity under most severe fire was an important factor in checking the advance of the enemy.
HAYS, GEORGE P
- LG US ARMY
- WORLD WAR I, WORLD WAR II
- DATE OF BIRTH: 09/27/1892
- DATE OF DEATH: 09/07/1978
- BURIED AT: SECTION 11 SITE 540-2
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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