From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Jack Hays '36

Date of birth: January 17, 1914

Date of death: March 3, 1942

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1936 Lucky Bag:


Jack was lost when USS Asheville (PG 21) was sunk by Japanese surface forces on March 3, 1942. There was only one known survivor of the sinking.

John has a memory marker in Arlington National Cemetery.

His mother was listed as next of kin.

Memorial Hall Error

John renamed himself from "Jack W. Hays" to "John Wythe Hays" sometime in the first half of 1938; all official listings after July 1938 have "John Wythe." (His date of birth is a match, as is his date of entry from the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1944, which still carried him in a missing status.) Memorial Hall has Jack W. on the class list and the killed in action panel

Class of 1936

Jack is one of 39 members of the Class of 1936 on Virtual Memorial Hall.