Thomas Hayes (Medal of Honor)
Medal of Honor recipient
|Died||May 24, 1914 (aged 73–74)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
*Battle of Mobile Bay
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Thomas Hayes (1840 – May 24, 1914) was a United States Navy sailor and a recipient of America's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the Battle of Mobile Bay in the American Civil War.
Medal of Honor citation
As Captain of No. 1 gun on board the USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the CSS Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Cool and courageous at his station throughout the prolonged action, Hayes maintained fire from his gun on Fort Morgan and on ships of the Confederacy despite extremely heavy return fire.