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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

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b. 20/07/1832 Newfoundland, Canada.  d. 28/01/1911 Blairstown, Iowa

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 19/06/1864 Cherbourg, France.

 

Hayes was born in Newfoundland, Canada, but left his home at an early age to work on British and American merchant vessels in the years leading up to the Civil War. He joined the United States Navy in December 1861. He served throughout the Civil War and was discharged in August 1868.

 

Later in 1868, Hayes moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and served on several ships that sailed the Great Lakes. He soon abandoned his naval lifestyle and settled down on a farm in Wisconsin and married. Near the end of his life, Hayes moved to Blairstown, Iowa, to be near his daughter.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as second captain of the No. 2 gun during this bitter engagement, Hayes exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by the divisional officer.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: PLEASANT HILL CEMETERY, BLAIRSTOWN, IOWA.

Block 10 Lot 4

John Hayes

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