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ADM JOHN B. HAYES
ADM John B. Hayes 
2017 Wall of Gallantry - Admiral John B. Hayes
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat “V” Device and the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” Device to 
Commander John B. Hayes
United States Coast Guard 

For services as set forth in the following Citation:

For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against the communist insurgent forces in the Republic of Vietnam as Fourth Coastal Zone Division and Commander Gulf of Thailand Surveillance Group from 19 April 1966 to 10 April 1967. Commander Hayes advised and assisted the Commander of Vietnamese Naval Forces in the Gulf of Thailand on administrative and operational matters. He contributed significantly to organizing and developing the combat capabilities of Vietnamese navy units assigned to the Fourth Coastal Zone. He implemented the Revolutionary Development program in the Fourth Coastal Zone and base defense posture was enhanced considerably by aggressive patrols and ambushes conducted with his advice and assistance. Due to Commander Hayes’ planning, extensive clearing operations were conducted on Phu Quoc Island, thereby denying the enemy from taking control of this strategic island. As Commander of the Gulf of Thailand Surveillance Group, Commander Hayes achieved a major success with the detection and destruction of an enemy trawler which yielded 15 tons of enemy arms and ammunition. An additional 70 tons of enemy arms and ammunition were destroyed by secondary explosions. Many valuable intelligence documents were obtained as a result of this interception. Under Commander Hayes’ direction, the Thailand Surveillance Group proved invaluable in many diverse roles and was employed effectively to interdict infiltration from the sea. His outstanding professionalism, devotion to duty and inspiring leadership were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.