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World War I - U.S. Army

George Price Hays

  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Lieutenant General)
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    10th Field Artillery,
    3d Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 14 - 15, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Greves Farm, France
At the very onset 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 French batteries, visiting their position so frequently that he was mainly responsible for the accurate fire therefrom. While thus engaged, seven 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.
Medal of Honor Recipient George P. Hays
Medal of Honor Recipient George P. Hays
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Okarche, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 17, 1919
    Presented by General Pershing
  • Born: September 27, 1892, Chee Foo, China
  • Died: September 7, 1978, Pinehurst, NC, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (11-540-2), Arlington, VA, United States

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