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|William J. Hayden
Aerial Gunner, 182nd Aero Squadron
June 13, 1895 - September 6, 1918
William J. Hayden could well say with Allen Seeger to those who did not see the significance of the world conflict, "and you in the depth of your easy chair-what did you do? What did you care?" Fortunately, there were few who led a life of ease when America was straining every fiber to check the onslaught of Prussian brutality. William Hayden did not wait to be called. He closed his books, abandoned his career as a student and offered himself for the cause. William J. Hayden was born in Evansville, June 13, 1895. He attended Chestnut Street School, and went to the local high school until he was in 11-B grade, when he entered the service. Before that he had been three years out of school working in a grocery. On December 13, 1917 he enlisted as a chauffeur in the Aviation Corps. His first training station was at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis. There he was assigned to 182nd Aero Service Squadron. Two months later he was sent to Battle Creek, Mich., where he remained for three months when he was transferred to Taliaferro Field, Ft. Worth, Texas. At this camp he was promoted from chauffeur to aerial gunner. In April, 1918, he sailed for overseas duty. In France he was in training for a flyer's commission. On September 6, 1918, he was killed in an aeroplane accident at Le Mans, France. His body was laid to rest at this place. William Hayden was a member of the Assumption Church He was the second member of the Y.M.C.A. to give his life for his country. He will long be remembered for his earnestness of purpose in life and ambition for an education. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp83-84.
October 25, 1998