Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Spc. William S. Hayes III

23, of St. Tammany, Louisiana.
Hayes died in Baghdad, Iraq, of a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on February 5, 2006.

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"I had the Honor to serve with this fine man, I was with him his whole first tour of Iraq 03-04. I miss him, he and I spent a lot of time in the barracks together talking computer talk. He taught me so much and not a day goes by that I don't think of Hayes. He is not forgotten and never will be. Miss you buddy!"
Ryan Faber of Grand Rapids MI

"February 2, 2009
To the family of Spc. William S. Hayes, III:
William gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"William, aka Billy, is my cousin. He and I have been like brothers since we were little. I loved him deeply and dearly. I missed him so much while he was in the service. He and I were writing back and forth a few weeks before he passed, talking about how he was going to use his money to buy a truck, and come visit me and my new wife at the time. When I found out what happened, I was devastated. I went to the funeral, and wound up taking a leave-of-absence from work so I could spend time with his family. I just wish the Army would disclose specifically how he died. Giving this "non-combat related injury" crap has been driving me nuts. My Uncle, his dad, told me that they were trying to tell him that he committed suicide. I know that was a lie, and something fishy happened. That just goes to show you how corrupt our government and it's military is becoming.

Billy, I miss you dearly and I can't wait till my time comes and I'm able to see you again. Love you lots!"
Joseph Chapman of Houston, TX

"To the family of:William S. Hayes 111 I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"Spc Hayes was a great kid. That guy was something else. He could make you smile just by being the shy guy that he was. I was his tank gunner in OIF 1 and that soldier made me proud. He worked so hard trying to be a good loader and a even better driver. He never got made he just gave that funny smile and said ok. No matter how hard things got for him he always made it threw. He may have not been the best but he tried the hardest. I would like to thank his family for bring a great young man into this world. And to you hayes Ill see you on the high ground little buddy. May the lord always be with you."
Sgt Shaun Mora of Victorville, Ca USA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, William will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"Thank you William Hayes III, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Spc. William Hayes III:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless William for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. William Hayes III:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of William, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on