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David Ephraim Hayden
David Ephraim Hayden
Born (1897-10-02)October 2, 1897
Died March 18, 1974(1974-03-18) (aged 76)
Place of birth Florence, Texas
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery, Section 35
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1917 - 1920
Rank Pharmacist's Mate Third Class
Unit 2nd Battalion 6th Marines
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor
Silver Star

David Ephraim Hayden (October 2, 1897 – March 18, 1974) was a United States Navy Hospital Corpsman who served during World War I and earned the Medal of Honor for valiant actions in France.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Hayden was born in Florence, Texas and enlisted in the Navy in October 1917. He received training in San Diego Naval Base, California, and Quantico, Virginia. During the war, he was attached to the 2/6th Marines as a Hospital Apprentice First Class. The Marine outfit saw action in France at the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, during which Hayden ran through heavy enemy fire to administer aid to a wounded Marine. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.[1]

After the war, Hayden was promoted to Pharmacist's Mate Third Class. He served aboard the troop transport Princess Matoika until the summer of 1920. He then served as a U.S. Marshal in California until the age of seventy. David E Hayden died on March 18, 1974 and was buried in section 35, lot 1864 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Rank and organization: Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Navy, serving with the 2d Battalion, 6th Regiment, U.S. Marines. Place and date: Thiaucourt, France, 15 September 1918. Entered service at: Texas. Born: 2 October 1897 Florence, Tex.


For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. During the advance, when Cpl. Creed was mortally wounded while crossing an open field swept by machinegun fire, Hayden unhesitatingly ran to his assistance and, finding him so severely wounded as to require immediate attention, disregarded his own personal safety to dress the wound under intense machinegun fire, and then carried the wounded man back to a place of safety.[2]

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