John Daniel Hayes
John Daniel Hayes, (Born 23 January 1902 in
New York City- died on 29 March 1991 in Cary, North Carolina) was a rear admiralin the United States Navyand a naval historian.
Active Duty Naval Career
John Hayes enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1919 and in 1920 entered the
United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1924. After his initial sea duty assignments, he enetered the Naval Postgraduate Schoolin 1931 and continued his stduies fro his master of sciencedegree at the University of California, Berkeley, which awarded him that degree in 1933.
Hayes became an instructor in engineering at the
Naval Postgraduate Schoolin 1937-39, and then went on to command the destroyers USS Hunt (DD-194)and USS Breckinridge (DD-148)before serving as Chief Engineer in USS Astoria (CA-34)in 1941. Hayes was in "Astoria", during the Battle of Savo Island, during which he was wounded and "Astoria" was sunk. After recovering form his wounds, he served on the staff of the Commander, Transport Division, Third Amphibious Force, South Pacific. Then, in 1944, he graduated from the Naval War Collegeand was assigned as Planning Officer, Seventh Amphibious Force, with which he participated in the landings of the XXIV Army Corps and the III Amphibious Corps in North China in 1945.
In 1946, Hayes returned from the Pacific to serve as Operations Officer, Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet, and in the Strategic Plans Division,
Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. In 1947, he became war plans officer, Caribbean Sea Frontier until being assigned as a student at the Industrial College of the Armed Forcesin 1949-50. After serving at sea as Commander, Service Squadron One, he returned to the Industrial College of the Armed Forcesas a member of the faculty from 1951 until his retirement in 1954.
Post-Active Duty Career
On retirement, Hayes was promoted to Rear Admiral. From 1956 to 1958, he edited "Shipmate", the alumni magazine of the
United States Naval Academy, and during this period wrote a regular column in it entitled "With a Round Turn". He regulalry contributed articles on contemporary merchant marine affairs to the U.S. Naval Institute "Proceedings" and was a special correspondent for "Fairplay.
He edited the letters of Rear Admiral
Samuel F. DuPont, but never completed his biography and edition of the letters of Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, which he deposited at the Naval War College.
He served as President of the
American Military Institutein 1954-57. In 1988, the Naval Historical Centernamed its predoctoral fellowship in his honor, recognizing his many years of inspirational teaching among young naval historians.
* "Samuel Francis Du Pont: a selection from his Civil War letters", edited by John D. Hayes. Three volumes. Ithaca, N.Y., Published for the Eleutherian Mills Historical Library by Cornell University Press, 1969.
* "The Writings of Stephen B. Luce", edited with commentary by John D. Hayes and
John B. Hattendorf. Newport, R.I.: Naval War College Press, 1977.
* Obituary in "Shipmate" 1991
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