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George Price Hays

Date of birth: September 27, 1892
Date of death: September 07, 1978
Burial location: Arlington, Virginia
Place of Birth: China, Chee Foo
Home of record: Okarche Oklahoma

George Hays was born in China where his parents were serving as missionaries. He served in both World War I and World War II, earning the Medal of Honor in the first, and two Silver Stars in the second. After the end of the war in Europe, he became High Commissioner for the U.S. Occupation Zone in Germany from 1949, and was placed in charge of the occupation forces in Austria from 1952. He retired from the military in 1953 as a U.S. Army Lieutenant General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Lieutenant (Field Artillery) George Price Hays, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on July 14 & 15, 1918, while serving with 10th Field Artillery, 3d Division, in action at Greves Farm, France. At the very outset of the unprecedented artillery bombardment by the enemy, First Lieutenant Hays' line of communication was destroyed beyond repair. Despite the hazard attached to the mission of runner, he immediately set out to establish contact with the neighboring post of command and further establish liaison with two French batteries, visiting their position so frequently that he was mainly responsible for the accurate fire there from. While thus engaged, seven horses were shot under him and he was severely wounded. His activity under most severe fire was an important factor in checking the advance of the enemy.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 34 (March 07, 1919)

Action Date: July 14 & 15, 1918

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Regiment: 10th Field Artillery

Division: 3d Division

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General George Price Hays, United States Army, was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division, during World War II.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 67 (1945)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Company: Commanding General

Division: 10th Mountain Division

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General George Price Hays, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action while serving as Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division, during World War II.

General Orders: Headquarters, 5th Army, General Orders No. 111 (1945)

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Company: Commanding General

Division: 10th Mountain Division

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General George Price Hays, United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star for gallantry in action while serving as Commanding General, 10th Mountain Division, during World War II.

Action Date: World War II

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the World War II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General George Price Hays, United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States.

Service: Army

Rank: Major General