Hayden, David Ephraim (1897–1974)

By: Art Leatherwood

Type: Biography

Published: January 1, 1995

Updated: August 18, 2017

David Ephraim Hayden, Medal of Honor recipient, was born on October 2, 1897, in Florence, Texas, and entered the military service in Texas. As a hospital apprentice first class, United States Navy, he was with the Second Battalion, Sixth Regiment, United States Marines, at Thiaucourt, France, on September 15, 1918, when his corporal was mortally wounded during an advance. Hayden ran to Corporal Creed's assistance and, finding that he required immediate aid, dressed his wounds under intense machine-gun fire. Then, still under enemy fire, he carried the wounded man back to a place of safety. Hayden died on March 18, 1974, in Fresno, California, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients, 1863–1973 (Washington: GPO, 1973).

Time Periods:
  • Progressive Era

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January 1, 1995
August 18, 2017