Eck Hayes

[15 JAN 1933 - C1 - 20193 - 29 APR 2013]

Eck Hayes Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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(L to R) Kitty Hayes - Bud DeMaris - Jo Sox (Bud's friend) - Dave and Martha Maurer -
Lisa Jibson (Dave's daughter) [San Diego Marriott Marquis - Jun 2018]



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DeMaris - Kitty Hayes - Maurer's
[OCT 2017]



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Ellen Schick - Martha and Dave Maurer - Jo Sox - Bud DeMaris -
Kitty Hayes [Southern CA Mini - OCT 2016



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Marlowe Viney - Jo Sox - Bud DeMaris - Jim Miller - Ellen Schick - Martha and Dave Maurer - Kitty Hayes [Cardiff by the Sea Mini - OCT 2015]



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Dave and Martha Maurer - Bud DeMaris - Kitty Hayes - Jim Miller [Cardiff by the Sea Mini - OCT 2015]



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Kitty Hayes and Ellen Schick
[Cardiff by the Sea Mini - OCT 2015]



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Bud DeMaris and Jo Sox - Marlowe Viney - Kitty Hayes - Ellen
Schick - Dave and Martha Maurer [CA Mini - OCT 2014]



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Gary Hayes - Kitty Hayes - grandson Brent - and daughter Leslie
Wolf with husband Andrew [Eck Hayes Service - JUN 2013]



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Gary Hayes (delivering the eulogy); on the front bench are Kitty Hayes - grandson Brent - daughter Leslie with husband Andrew; Behind Leslie and Andrew is Kitty's brother - Fred Ploetz - in blue suit and blue shirt [Eck Hayes Service - JUN 2013]



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Eck and Kitty Hayes - Don and Mary Andrews -
John and Ellen Schick [Hawaii - JUL 1993]



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Eck Hayes - Joanne and John Lovell -
Berniece and Don Gransback [1988]



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Hay's - Schick's - Gransback's - Graham's - ?
[Hawaii Potluck Mini - c 1985]



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Schepps' and Hayes"
[c1985]



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[25th Reunion - 1980]

Row 10: Bergen - Cathey - Chapman - Gamble - Todd Graham - Don Smith - ? - Polly - McCloskey - Row 9: Blitch - Secord - Jim Ryan - Wing - ? - Row 8: ? - Matuszak - Wayne Smith - ? - Fleeger - Lynn - Joe Franklin - Charlie Johnson - Gunderson - Row 7: Regnier - ? - Reed - Stone - Herren - Weaver - Matteson - Hayes - ? - Enslow - Cliff Jones - ? - Reid - Feagin - Row 6: Wargowsky - Lichtenberg - Sanderson - Baker - Dienst - McCulla - Schick - Ludwig - Soper - Bean - Shideler - Lenio - Pirkey - Row 5: Goldstein - Fralen - Le Cates - Meisenheimer - Wheeler - Horst - Whittaker ? - Cardillo - Page - Newton - Prater - Lucas - Row 4: ? - Sloan - Traut - Rich Miller - Hoeferkamp - Heye - ? - West - Bill Graham - Row 3: Andrews - Perkins - Gay - Pace - Olvey - Strati - Dugan - Jackson - Whtitaker ? - Ralph Henry - Gallup - Murray - Ewing - Fikaris - Row 2: Hornbarger - Al Edwards - Robinson - ? - Thorsen - Dickson - Vitty - Tom Phillips - Bill Anderson - Giddings - Jacobs - Dryer - Row 1: Bazilwich - Samos - Wray - Trobaugh - Brokenshire - Bossert - Hagedorn - Walton - Poirier - Hasbrouck - LaFrenz - Nourse - Malooley



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C-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Griggs - Page - Sietman - Hayes - Negaard - Bates - Maurer - 2nd Row: Giza - Murphy - Staudaher - 3rd Row: Fleeger - Isbell - Charlie Johnson - 4th Row: Fred Phillips (CO) - Domeck - Sloan - Samos - 5th Row: Viney - Ceglowski Armour - Passafiume - Humphrey - Lozier - McClelland (Absent: Norvell)



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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

Moody E. Hayes Cullum No: 20193 Class of: 1955 Born: AL Appointment: Branch: Arty Date of Death: April 29, 2013 (View Memorial Article) History: 20193 Moody Echol Hayes B-AL: Arty: MA Spanish Middlebury College: Dept FL USMA 60-63: A&MS 64: MACV 64-65 [BSM-CI]: C&GSC 66: Uruguayan C&SC 66-67: USMilGp Uruguay 67-69: Hq2FF& BnCO 2-35Arty RVN 70-71 [LM-BSM-CM]: ODCSO DA 71-74 [MSM]: HqCINCPAC 74-77: IADB DC 77-81 [DMSM]: CO USMilGp ElSalvador 81-82 [DSSM]: HqCINCPAC 82-85 [LM]: Ret 85 COL: FinPlnr 85: Lecturer Spanish UHI 94-96: D - San Diego, CA 29Apr13 a-80: Ob-2018 TAPS

Register Glossary


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Moody Echol Hayes

Moody Echol Hayes was born on 15 January 1933 in Mobile, Alabama and was appointed to West Point from the 1st Congressional District of Alabama. He entered West Point on 5 July 1951 and was in Company C 1. He was on the gym team for four years and was a Corporal his Second Class year and a Lieutenant his first Class Year. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned in the US Army in the Field Artillery.


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Moody Echol Hayes Service

A funeral service was held Tuesday, June 4, 2013, for Moody Echol Hayes, USMA Class of 1955, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, San Diego, Cal. Actual inurnment was to follow in the near future.

Weather cooperated with a beautiful day, and the Honor Guard looked neat and well schooled. Gary Hayes, Eck's son, gave a loving and praising eulogy of his father, which in sum showed Eck's love of his family and country, as well as an unswerving sense of duty. Kitty Hayes received our nation's flag honoring Eck's service.

Daughter Leslie Wolf and her husband Andrew were present, as well as grandson Brent. Kitty's brother, Fred Ploetz, also attended. A large contingent of brothers from E Clampus Vitus, a fraternal organization of which both Eck and Gary were members, provided strong support to the family with their presence and words of condolence. The service and presence of family and friends honored Eck Hayes well for his lifetime contributions.

The Class of 1955 was represented by Edgar (Bud) DeMaris, Co. I-1.

Respectfully submitted, Bud DeMaris


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Moody Echol Hayes Eulogy

Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us here at Rosecrans National Cemetery to bid farewell to Moody Echol 'Eck' Hayes, a soldier, husband, father, Clamper, and friend, who passed away on the 29th of April at the age of 80.

My name is Gary Hayes and I'm speaking today on behalf of my mother, Kitty Hayes, and my sister, Leslie Hayes Wolf.

When Eck Hayes was about 20 years into his 30-year military career, his teenage son - who was fairly clueless at the time - asked Eck why he joined the military in the first place, and why he had made a career of it.

Eck, who never suffered fools gladly, replied, 'Because I loved parades when I was a kid, and always wanted to march in them."

To a clueless 14-year old, this seemed plausible. But the military career of Eck Hayes, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) tells a completely different story.

Eck's life in the military actually started five years before he was commissioned as an Army officer. Having graduated from high school at age seventeen, he spent a year at Marion Military Institute in Alabama, where he readied himself for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

At Marion, Eck played varsity football, finished first in his class academically, and received the Best All-Around Cadet Medal.

Eck reported to the U.S. Military Academy in the Summer of 1951, and was, by all standards, a very successful cadet.

He was athletic. Believing he was too light to play college football, he took his strength and agility indoors and became a four-year letterman in Gymnastics.

He was disciplined. When Eck was at West Point, a cadet was allowed no more than 513 demerits in four years before facing discharge. Eck received just 80 by the time he graduated.

And he was studious. In June of 1955, Eck was handed his diploma by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as the 30th graduate in his class of 470 cadets.

At graduation, Eck elected to go into the Artillery branch, because, in his own words, 'I couldn't build a bridge worth a damn."

But his career was much more than that of an Artilleryman - much, much more.

He was, first and foremost, a SOLDIER who twice served his country in Vietnam. From '64 to '65, Eck was a military advisor and took part in counterinsurgency operations about which he once wrote, quote, 'Ranger training really paid dividends.' From '70 to '71, he returned to his artillery roots, commanding the Second Battalion of the Army's 35th Artillery.

Eck Hayes was a SCHOLAR, who, among other qualifications, possessed a Master's degree in Spanish, studied Vietnamese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, and 'mastered the strategic art' at the US Army War College. Eck also served as an Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages at his alma mater, West Point.

A man who speaks multiple languages and who has 'mastered the strategic art' will inevitably be summoned into the field of DIPLOMACY, and Eck was: first as a military attache to the American Embassy in Uruguay, later, commanding the MILGROUP at the American Embassy in El Salvador, and finally, representing the US military at the Inter-American Defense Board in Washington, DC.

As his career progressed, Eck was ordered to deploy his combat experience and his book learning in higher-level STRATEGIC assignments. And he did so, as a staff officer at the Pentagon's Army Operations Center and twice as a force-planning chief with the Pacific Command in Honolulu.

At this point, I would be completely remiss if I failed to mention that during his long, varied, and often stressful career, Eck Hayes was always the consummate FAMILY MAN. This year he would have celebrated 55 years of marriage to his beloved wife, Kitty. Eck was intimately involved in his children's upbringing and development, offering advice and moral support even long after they had left the nest. And until his ailments finally caught up with him, he and Kitty enjoyed happy years of retirement at their homes in San Diego and Lake Tahoe.

The career of Colonel Eck Hayes took him lots of places and confronted him with lots of challenges.

Whatever Uncle Sam wanted him to do, whenever Uncle Sam wanted it done, Eck took care of it - and to the very best of his ability.

And just because he liked parades?

Around 700 BC, when the Assyrians moved westward to wage war with the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the prophet Isaiah wrote,

And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' Then said I, 'Here am I; send me.' (Is. 6:8)

And this is what the military was for my father: a CALLING.

A calling to which Moody Echol Hayes always replied, 'Here am I, send me' - no matter what the circumstances.

The military day concludes with Taps.

The military honors about to be carried out here will conclude with Taps.

So it is right and proper that I conclude this eulogy with the words from Taps:

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh

Thank you - everyone - for being here today. May God bless you, may He bless these United States of America, and may He bless those Americans in uniform who keep us safe every day.

One last thing. You members of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, whose company Eck so enjoyed during his decade as a Clamper, tell me: 'What Sayeth the Brethren?"

Gary Hayes, son
Military Funeral Service,
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Cal
June 4, 2013


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Moody Echol Hayes

Birth: Jan. 15, 1933
Death: Apr. 29, 2013

COL US ARMY
VIETNAM

Burial: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego, California, USA
Plot: SECTION CC14B ROW 1 SITE 25


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Moody E. Hayes 1955

Cullum No. 20193-1955 - April 29, 2013
Died in San Diego, CA
Cremated. Inurned at Rosecrans national Cemetery, San Diego, CA


When Moody Echol 'Eck' Hayes was about 20 years into his 30-year Army career, his teenage son asked Eck why he had joined the Army in the first place and, what's more, why he had chosen to make a lifelong career of it.

Eck replied simply, 'Because I loved parades when I was a boy and always wanted to march in them,' and that was all the response his son would get that day. Eck Hayes' life and career in the Army was more than just parades. It was one of a dedicated professional soldier.

Eck's military life started five years before his commissioning as an Army officer. A valedictorian at Murphy High School (Mobile, AL), Eck was just 17 when he graduated, so he spent a year at Alabama's Marion Military Institute readying himself for the U.S. Military Academy. At Marion, Eck played varsity football, finished first in his class academically, and was named 'Best All-Around Cadet' in 1951.

He reported to USMA later that year and proceeded to enjoy reasonable success as a cadet. Believing he was too light to play college football, Eck took his athleticism indoors and became a four-year letterman in gymnastics. He was also studious, graduating 30th in his class of 470 cadets. Upon graduation, Eck elected to go Artillery because, in his own words, 'I couldn't build a bridge worth a damn."

The Officer Basic Course and Ranger School quickly followed, after which he was assigned to the Second Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany. There, Eck met the love of his life: a pretty German girl named Kitty Ploetz. Within a couple of years they were married at Fort Hood, TX.

The remaining components of Eck's family life - his son, Gary, and his daughter, Leslie - both arrived during a teaching assignment at his alma mater, West Point.
Eck Hayes twice served his country in Vietnam. From '64 to '65, he was a military advisor and participant in counterinsurgency operations about which he once wrote, 'Ranger training really paid dividends.' He returned for another year in 1970, commanding the Second Battalion of the Army's 35th Artillery.

Education was a lifelong pursuit for Eck. He earned a master's degree in Spanish at Middlebury College, studied Vietnamese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, and rounded out his military credentials at the U.S. Army War College.

Naturally, a language expert will be summoned into the field of diplomacy, and so Eck was: first in Military Assistance with the USMILGP at the American Embassy in Uruguay, later commanding the USMILGP at the American Embassy in El Salvador, and ultimately representing the U.S. military at the Inter-American Defense Board in Washington, DC.

Eck's combination of field experience and classroom work also landed him various operational and strategic assignments. He did time at the Pentagon as a staff officer in the Army Operations Center, assisted with the modernization of Saudi Arabia's national guard, and served twice as a force-planning chief at USCINCPAC in Honolulu, HI.

During his long, varied, and often stressful career, Eck Hayes was always the consummate family man. He and his beloved wife, Kitty, were just about to celebrate 55 years of happy marriage at the time of his passing. He was intimately involved in his children's upbringing and development, continuing to offer welcome advice and moral support decades after they had left the nest.

Thirty years after graduating from USMA, Eck left the service and embarked on an active and happy civilian life with Kitty in Honolulu; Lake Tahoe, NV; and San Diego, CA.

The first years of retired life saw Eck try his hand at teaching and, later, tax preparation and financial planning. Gradually, however, family, friends, and travel laid exclusive claim to his time and energies. Finding this new arrangement eminently agreeable, Eck abandoned all second-career aspirations to become a full-time grandfather and staunch member of E Clampus Vitus, a local fraternal organization.

Heart problems and Parkinson's disease cursed Eck's last years, but not even these maladies could diminish his dignity and good humor. Once asked what he was going to do about his Parkinson's condition, he deadpanned, 'I'm going to stay alive until they find a cure for it."

The little boy from Alabama who loved parades was enshrined with military honors and a 21-gun salute at Rosecrans National Cemetery on June 4, 2013. Eck's final resting place lies near the home of his beloved Kitty and overlooks the activities at U.S. Naval Base Point Loma - exactly how a devoted husband and professional soldier would want it.

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