John B. Hayes
|John B. Hayes|
30 August 1924|
Jamestown, New York, U.S.
|Died||17 January 2001
Florida Keys, Florida, U.S.
|Buried at||Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Coast Guard|
|Years of service||1946–1982|
|Commands held|| Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard
Commander of the 17th Coast Guard District
|Awards||Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Coast Guard Commendation Medal
Early life and education
Hayes was born in Jamestown, New York and grew up in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Hayes graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut in 1946, although Academy records list him in the Class of 1947. His first command assignment was at the LORAN Transmitting Station in Matsumae, Hokkaidō, Japan. After a series of Coast Guard cutter command assignments, he attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon his graduation, he was stationed in Washington, D.C., where he graduated from George Washington University, earning an M.A. in international affairs.
From 1966 to 1968, Hayes assumed a command post, stationed in Vietnam, during the war. Returning to Washington, he was promoted to captain and assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard's Office of Boating Safety, followed by his service as Commandant of Cadets at the Coast Guard Academy. From 1975 until his appointment as Coast Guard Commandant, he served as Commander of the Juneau, Alaska-based 17th Coast Guard District.
Under Hayes' leadership, the Coast Guard accomplished a number of firsts for women in the military, including the assignment of Lieutenant (junior grade) Beverly Kelley as the first female commanding officer of a U.S. military vessel, and Lieutenant Kay Hartzell as the first female to command an isolated U.S. military unit.
Dates of rank
|Ensign||Lieutenant, Junior Grade||Lieutenant||Lieutenant Commander||Commander||Captain|
|June 5, 1946||September 15, 1948||October 29, 1951||July 1, 1958||July 1, 1964||October 1, 1968|
|Commodore||Rear Admiral||Vice Admiral||Admiral|
|Never held||August 1, 1973||Never held||June 1, 1978|
Later life and death
Following his retirement from the Coast Guard, Hayes moved to Boothbay, Maine. He died while vacationing in the Florida Keys after being struck by a car at the age of 76. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
- United States Coast Guard Biography
- U.S. Coast Guard Women's History
- 16th Coast Guard Commandant former 17th District Commander dies[dead link]
- "Distinguished Eagle Scouts" (PDF). Scouting.org. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
Owen W. Siler
|Commandant of the Coast Guard
James S. Gracey