Congressional Medal of Honor Society

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World War I - U.S. Navy

David Ephraim Hayden

  • Rank: Hospital Apprentice First Class (Highest Rank: Pharmacist's Mate Third Class)
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    2d Battalion, 6th Regiment,
    U.S. Marines
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 15, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Thiaucourt, France
For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. During the advance, when Cpl. Creed was mortally wounded while crossing an open field swept by machine-gun fire, Hayden unhesitatingly ran to his assistance and, finding him so severely wounded as to require immediate attention, disregarded his own personal safety to dress the wound under intense machine-gun fire, and then carried the wounded man back to a place of safety.
Medal of Honor Recipient David E. Hayden
Medal of Honor Recipient David E. Hayden
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Texas
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: October 2, 1897, Florence, Williamson County, TX, United States
  • Died: March 18, 1974, Washington, DC, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (35-1864), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: Legion of Valor Museum, Fresno, CA

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