James F. "Fred" Hayes,
Taji (northwest of Baghdad),
When he got a chance to live the rest of his life as a civilian, he decided his allegiance was to his men, the guys he had trained, and he stayed with them. He chose his men. That's what gives me comfort.
— Ross Hayes, brother, in The Courier-Journal
Hayes, who served 22 years in the Army, died while on a mission to deliver toys to children, according to the Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville, Tenn. He had lived in Barstow when he was younger and still had numerous relatives there.
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