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Old 01-12-2018, 01:36 PM   #931
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Born on this date, 1923, to Joseph & Nancy Hayes, a son, Ira Hamilton.

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The Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, takes pleasure in COMMENDING, CORPORAL IRA H. HAYES, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, for service as set forth in the following

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For meritorious and efficient performance of duty while serving with a Marine infantry battalion during operations against the enemy on VELLA LAVELLA AND BOUGAINVILLE, BRITISH SOLOMON ISLANDS, from 15 August to 15 December 1943, and on IWO JIMA, VOLCANO ISLANDS, from 19 February to 27 March 1945. Although often under heavy enemy fire, Corporal HAYES carried out his duties during all these campaigns in a highly commendable manner. Regardless of danger of personal fatigue he worked tirelessly, and his efforts greatly aided his unit in accomplishing its assigned missions. His courage, initiative, and loyal devotion to duty continually set an example for all who served with him, and his conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

/S/ Roy S. Geiger,
Lt. General, U.S. Marine Corps

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Old 01-15-2018, 02:10 PM   #932
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Wikipedia goes online on this date, 2001.



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Also on this date, 2009, the Miracle On The Hudson occurs.

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"We can't do it ... We're gonna be in the Hudson."
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Old 01-15-2018, 02:36 PM   #933
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Also on this date, 2009, the Miracle On The Hudson occurs.
I remember that vividly. I was looking after several horses at the time and as I drove into the yard for the last check of the evening the first news report of the ditching was on the radio.
My first thoughts were that it was going to be an accident similar to the Air Florida flight that ended up in the Potomac in 1982.
Thankfully, as we know, everyone survived.
Still can't believe it was nine years ago, though.
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:02 PM   #934
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Still can't believe it was nine years ago, though.
Yeah, it's still fairly fresh in the mind.
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:04 PM   #935
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Sullenberger, though, that guy strikes ya as being cooler than a cucumber don't he? Unflappable, even.

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Old 01-15-2018, 05:05 PM   #936
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He said he did what pilots are trained to do. I think he was surprised how well the landing went and was kind of in a trance during the evacuation, doing all the right things.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:09 PM   #937
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I understand that he was also an experienced glider pilot.
Quite handy under the circumstances.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:10 PM   #938
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Wikipedia goes online on this date, 2001.



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That's a little over three years before I joined the Cellar.
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