Robert A. Hayes
HAYES, ROBERTS, WEHRLE, SINN
Posted By: Pat Coyle (email)
Date: 10/24/2015 at 17:44:53
Red Oak Express November 27, 1944
Son of Charles Hayes Dies In Philippines
Was Serving With 96th Division In Island Invasion
First Lt. Robert A. Hayes, son of Deputy Sheriff Charles Hayes, was killed in action Oct. 29 on Leyte Island in the Philippines, according to a War Dept. message received Saturday.
Lt. Hayes was serving with the 96th division, and had been overseas only a few months.
Born in Red Oak
Born in Red Oak July 18, 1917 he had lived in Red Oak most of his life. After graduating from Red Oak high school in 1934 and from junior college two years later, Lt. Hayes entered the University of Iowa college of commerce, where he received his B. S. degree in 1938. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
While he lived in Red Oak, Lt. Hayes clerked part-time and vacations at the clothing store which was owned by his father and his uncle, A. B. Hayes.
He was employed as an industrial engineer at Armour Packing company in St. Joseph, Mo., until he entered the army in March, 1942. In October of the same year he was commissioned second lieutenant at Ft. Benning, Ga., and was married to Jeanne Roberts at Fr. Benning Oct. 10, 1942
First at Camp Adair.
He was among the first officers stationed at Camp Adair, Ore., and later served at Fr. Lewis, Wash., and for a brief period at several camps in California. He was promoted to first lieutenant in June, 1943.
Lt. Hayes is survived by his father, his wife, living with her parents in St. Joseph; a daughter, Judith Ann, born Oct. 26 only three days before his death; a brother, Charles Hayes, who is with the FBI in Des Moines; and two sisters, Mrs. Milton Wehrle of Joice, and Mrs. Charles Sinn, whose home was in Clarinda before her husband entered the service. She had been living recently in Westhampton Beach, N. Y., and arrived last night to make her home here temporarily. Lt. Hayes’ mother died June 14, 1942.
He was a member of the Congregational church and DeMolay.
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