From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Michael Hayes '72

Date of birth: February 14, 1950

Date of death: April 26, 1978

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1972 Lucky Bag:


From the September 1978 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Michael Edward Hayes USN died on 26 April 1978 in the crash of a P-3 aircraft on a training flight off Lajes, The Azores. All seven members of the crew were lost; the bodies were recovered.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of South Dakota, he was graduated with the Class of 1972.

His first duty assignment was the destroyer PERRY (DD-844) in the Atlantic Fleet whereupon he was ordered to the aircraft maintenance school at the training center in Memphis. He later served with VF-213 at Miramar, Califomia, then attended flight school at Pensacola and was designated naval aviator in 1976. Other assignments were with VP-30 in Jacksonville, Florida, and VP-23, Brunswick, Maine.

He is survived by his widow, Karen, 1728 Marshall Road, Aberdeen SD 57401.

Class of 1972

Michael is one of 13 members of the Class of 1972 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

The "category" links below lead to lists of related Honorees; use them to explore further the service and sacrifice of the alumni in Memorial Hall.