Ernest Hayward, Sr.

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Fayetteville, NC

Branch of Service: U.S. Army

Rank: Master Sergeant

Ernest joined the US Army in 1950, and served nearly fifteen years, joining the 5th Special Forces Group in 1960. In all, he served at Fort Bragg, NC, in GA, MD, VA, in Korea, Panama and two tours in Vietnam.

Ernest was a strong supporter of his church, a member of its usher board, and was a Mason. He loved helping others.

Posthumously Hayward was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Silver Star Medal for Valor, and the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. He was also awarded The US Army Special Forces Green Beret, The Combat Infantryman’s Badge(CIB), The Army Commendation Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal(s).

Age: 38

Date of Death: October 25, 1965

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