Donna Lyons Interviews Master Sergeant and Author Gene Hays
In 1965, Gene enlisted in the Marine Corps and went through recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and infantry training at Camp Pendleton. Upon graduation, Master Sergeant Hays was assigned to Aviation Electronics Schools at Naval Air Station Memphis, TN.
Upon completion of training, Master Sergeant Hays was assigned to various duty stations including: Cherry Point, NC; Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA; Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam; El Toro, CA; Memphis, TN; Nam Phong, Thailand; Cubi Point, Philippines; Iwakuni, Japan; Santa Ana, CA; Washington, D.C.; and finally Memphis, TN where he retired after 21 years on active duty.
At his retirement in 1986, Master Sergeant Hays was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. His personal decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V” and the Combat Action Ribbon, as well as several letters of commendation and unit citations.
Master Sergeant Gene Hays is the author of seven books – two about his Vietnam experience, an autobiography, two short stories, co-author of a biography of his former pastor in West Texas and his newest book Medals of Honor. In 2014, Gene was awarded a research grant from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation to write a commemorative history of the Marine Corps Combined Action Program in the Vietnam War to be published by the Marine Corps History Division in the next few months.
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About Donna Lyons
Donna Lyons is a Military News Journalist, Author, Talk Show Host and Managing Editor based in Washington, D.C and California. She has been featured on national news and local news along with national and local radio shows. Her columns have concentrated on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, highlighting the positive aspects of individuals, projects and programs that benefit our military, veterans, wounded warriors and their families. Donna does her best to offer a nonpartisan and inspiring journalistic view, working in tandem with numerous veterans and military organizations.