browse around this site After graduating from Fayette High School near Terre Haute in 1939, Paul began working in the Gary Steel Mills. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Young Hayes was ordered to Tank Training near San Diego where he was instructed as a Driver, Loader, Assistant Driver, and Gunner on the M-4 A-3 Sherman tanks. Corporal Hayes landed under fire in the Marshall Islands, on Kwajalein Atoll, on Saipan, at Tinian, and finally on Iwo Jima. On Tinian Island his tank was hit five times by anti-tank 37-millimeter shells. One piece of shrapnel entered their
rencontre coquine sur 49 tank injuring all five men although none were seriously harmed. His crew landed on Iwo Jima at 9 AM on February 19, 1945. Of the 15 Marine tanks landing there only eight made it to the air field. Corporal Hayes watched the famous flag raising on Mount Surabachi from that air field. After only 30 days on Iwo over 6,000 Marines had been killed, an average of 200 KIA each day. Corporal Hayes’ younger brother, Verlin, was listed MIA during the Battle of the Bulge in Europe but eventually was found alive. Verlin was then sent as a 330th Infantry replacement. He was killed in action in January 1945 with the 83rd Division. After the war Mr. Hayes graduated from Indiana State Teachers College in 1950. He became a Machine Shop teacher at our school in 1951. He married Miss Ruth Rosser in 1964.
She was the Continental Choir director. That fall he was promoted to the downtown Central Office as Director of Cooperative Education.
Mr. Hayes retired in 1984 from Marshall High School as Supervisor of Evening School and Director of Placement. Mr. & Mrs. Hayes have two children. Into the 21st century, their daughter was Supervisor of Eastern Asian Studies at Indiana University. On April 30, 2003 their son took a plane to West Point Military Academy where he began as a teacher of Military Science. He was a career member of the U.S. Army. Mr. Hayes taught at GWHS, 1951-1964. Miss Rosser-Mrs. Hayes, 1959-1968. Mr. Paul Hayes is currently struggling with his health on Indianapolis’ north side.