James Alfred HAYES Jr.



Source : Jimmy Lesage
AGE21 yo
DATE OF BIRTH6 December 1922 Westchester County, NEW YORK
FONCTIONInfantry Man
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENTSkilled compositors and typesettersNY
DATE of ENLISTEMENT4 June 1943 New York City NEW YORK
BATTALION2nd Battalion
REGIMENT 116th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION 29th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH6 June 1944


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PLACE OF DEATHOmaha Beach -  Easy Green sector

CEMTERY TEMPORARY of St Laurent N°3582

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Story of Cemetery Temporary


Map of Normandy American Cemetery


Purple Heart

World War II Victory Medal 

Combat Infantryman Badge

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Born December 6, 1922 in New York and living in Yonkers (Westchester County - New York State), he studied at Roosevelt High School in Belmont, in the Bronx, from where he graduated at the end of his secondary studies. He then landed a job as a typographer for the New York Times.
Her father, James Sr, was a lawyer and her mother, Rosalie, a housewife. He had a younger sister, Rosemary, born in 1927.

Called up for the service on June 4, 1943, James received his training at Camp Miles Standish in Massachusetts, then was sent to Great Britain where he was assigned to H Company, 116th Infantry Regiment / 29th Division. Long months of training and rehearsals followed for him and his companions in preparation for a future landing on the coasts of Western Europe.

On June 6, 1944, James and his company disembark at 7:00 a.m., in the second wave, the first having been wiped out half an hour earlier. The H / 116th sets foot on the shore facing the village of St Laurent sur Mer ... and German fortified points 66 and 68. The greatest confusion, mixed with an indescribable horror reigns then, the men are decimated by an extremely murderer fire, the reports of company H are moreover unequivocal on this subject: "Disembark at 7:00 am. Landed on Easy Green, Dog Red and Dog White beaches – Les Moulins under very heavy artillery, mortar, machine guns and rifle fire […] ”.

James is hit on the beach or its immediate outlets by shrapnel in the head and back. His comrades drag him to an aid station summarily installed on Dog Red in the same landing zone, but it is already too late, he succumbs to his injuries. His parents received the sad news by telegram on July 16. He is one of 3,881 young men who were killed, injured or missing on Omaha Beach.


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3 Feb 1941  Days of Combat/Jour de Combat  242
   Casualties/Victimes 20 620

Entered Combat/Entré au combat

6 Jun1944 D-Day  

Commanding Generals/Commandants généraux

Maj. Gen. Milton A. Reckord (Feb 41 - Jan 42)
Maj. Gen. Leonard T. Gerow (Feb 42 - Jul 43)
Maj. Gen. Charles H. Gerhardt (Jul 43 - inactivation)


Normandy (6 Jun 44 - 24 Jul 44)
Northern France (25 Jul 44 - 14 Sep 44)
Rhineland (15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45)
Central Europe (22 Mar 45 - 11 May 45)



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The 29th Infantry Division trained in Scotland and England for the crosschannel invasion, October 1942-June 1944. Teamed with the 1st Division, a regiment of the 29th (116th Infantry) was in the first assault wave to hit the beaches at Normandy on D-day, 6 June 1944. Landing on Omaha Beach on the same day in the face of intense enemy fire, the Division soon secured the bluff tops and occupied Isigny, 9 June. The Division cut across the Elle River and advanced slowly toward St. Lo, fighting bitterly in the Normandy hedge rows. After taking St. Lo, 18 July 1944, the Division joined in the battle for Vire, capturing that strongly held city, 7 August. Turning west, the 29th took part in the assault on Brest, 25 August-18 September 1944. After a short rest, the Division moved to defensive positions along the Teveren-Geilenkirchen line in Germany and maintained those positions through October. (In mid-October the 116th Infantry took part in the fighting at the Aachen Gap.) On 16 November the Division began its drive to the Roer, blasting its way through Siersdorf, Setterich, Durboslar, and Bettendorf, and reaching the Roer by the end of the month. Heavy fighting reduced Julich Sportplatz and the Hasenfeld Gut, 8 December. From 8 December 1944 to 23 February 1945, the Division held defensive positions along the Roer and prepared for the offensive. The attack jumped off across the Roer, 23 February, and carried the Division through Julich, Broich, Immerath, and Titz, to Munchen-Gladbach, 1 March 1945. The Division was out of combat in March. In early April the 116th Infantry helped mop up in the Ruhr area. On 19 April 1945 the Division pushed to the Elbe and held defensive positions until 4 May. Meanwhile, the 175th Infantry cleared the Klotze Forest. After VE-day, the Division was on military government duty in the Bremen enclave.


La 29th Infantry Division s'entraîna en Ecosse et en Angleterre pour l'invasion crosschannel, d'octobre 1942 à juin 1944. En équipe avec la 1st Division, un régiment du 29th (116th Infantry) se trouvait dans la première vague d'assaut pour frapper les plages de Normandie. Le 6 juin 1944, débarquant à Omaha Beach, le même jour, face à un feu nourri de l'ennemi, la division s'empara bientôt des falaises et occupa Isigny, le 9 juin. La Division traversa la rivière Elle et s'avança lentement vers Saint-Lô, se battant amèrement dans les rangées de haies de Normandie. Après avoir pris St. Lo, le 18 juillet 1944, la division se joignit à la bataille de Vire pour s'emparer de cette ville fortement occupée, le 7 août. Tournant vers l'ouest, le 29 a pris part à l'assaut sur Brest, 25 août-18 septembre 1944. Après un court repos, la division a déménagé à des positions défensives le long de la ligne Teveren-Geilenkirchen en Allemagne et a maintenu ces positions jusqu'en octobre. (À la mi-octobre, le 116e régiment d'infanterie prit part aux combats à Aix-la-Chapelle.) Le 16 novembre, la division commença sa route vers la Roer, traversant Siersdorf, Setterich, Durboslar et Bettendorf, et atteignant la Roer par la fin du mois. Les combats intenses ont réduit Julich Sportplatz et le Hasenfeld Gut, le 8 décembre. Du 8 décembre 1944 au 23 février 1945, la division occupe des positions défensives le long de la Roer et se prépare à l'offensive. L'attaque a sauté à travers le Roer, le 23 février, et a porté la Division par l'intermédiaire de Julich, Broich, Immerath, et Titz, à Munchen-Gladbach, le 1er mars 1945. La Division était hors combat en mars. Au début du mois d'avril, le 116th Infantry a aidé à nettoyer la région de la Ruhr. Le 19 avril 1945, la division pousse vers l'Elbe et occupe des positions défensives jusqu'au 4 mai. Pendant ce temps, le 175th Infantry a dégagé la forêt de Klotze. Après le jour de la victoire, la division était en service militaire dans l'enclave de Brême.
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