35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  SP4 Jesse Boyd Hayes    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Bravo Company
1st Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 Jesse Boyd Hayes, who died in the service of his country on January 9th, 1969 in Pleiku Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Jesse was 22 years of age. He was from Grandview, Tennessee. Jesse is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 35W, Line 60.

The decorations earned by SP4 Jesse Boyd Hayes include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

Stephen Holland
Friend and same squad in Viet Nam
Rt.2, Box 342
Kingsville,Texas 78363 USA
Farewell To Our Point Man
Jesse, Growing up in the hills of Tennesse, sneaking through the forest hunting squirrels and such, made you the best point man in the unit. Walking point was a job that nobody wanted, but you usually volunteered. Your skills at point had saved untold numbers of our commrades. You were on point that fateful day in January of '69. That was to be your last. You died valiantly, without any suffering. I was with you then and I still think of you often