|courtesy of Bessie Savery|
James was still living in Westerchester County when he was drafted in June 1943. After his training he was sent to England and assigned to H Company 116th Infantry for the amphibious assault which took place at the French beach code-named "Omaha". PVT Hayes was killed in action on 6 Jun 1944.
PVT Hayes is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery.