Army Pfc. John W. Hayes, killed during World War II, was accounted for on April 17, 2019.
(Official DoD release will be updated following Primary Next of Kin briefing.)
In early 1945, Hayes was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, serving in the European Theater during World War II. On Jan. 4, 1945, Hayes was killed in action near Mâgôster, Belgium, when, according to witnesses, an 88-millimeter shell from a German tank struck his foxhole. Following the war, American graves registration teams had no record of Hayes’ remains being recovered or buried. On Sept. 6, 1951, the War Department declared his remains non-recoverable.