Rank and organization: Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Navy, serving
with the 2d Battalion, 6th Regiment, U.S. Marines.
Place and date: Thiaucourt,
France, 15 September 1918.
Entered service at: Texas. Born: 2 October 1897
Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his
life above and beyond the call of duty. During the advance, when Cpl. Creed
was mortally wounded while crossing an open field swept by machinegun fire,
Hayden unhesitatingly ran to his assistance and, finding him so severely
wounded as to require immediate attention, disregarded his own personal
safety to dress the wound under intense machinegun fire, and then carried
the wounded man back to a place of safety.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)