Monday, May 25, 2009
Soccer Coach Gives All
SPC Michael Hayes was the girl’s soccer coach for Butler County High School in Morgantown, Kentucky. While he was home on leave in June, 2005, he was asked by his principal if it was worth it to be over in Iraq. Hayes said, “You should see the kids going to school over there. It’s worth it.” Hayes loved his job as coach and emailed the girls on his soccer team twice a week while deployed. He was serving with the Kentucky National Guard, 617th MP Company. He was killed in Iraq on June 14, 2005, just a week after returning from his two week R&R in Kentucky. Hayes’ commander said that “Hayes was a consummate soldier, always in the right place doing the right thing.” All who knew Michael Hayes would agree. We had the privilege of sending SPC Hayes care packages while he was deployed. His brother and his sister were also deployed with the same unit at the same time. Fortunately, his siblings were not with him at the time of the incident that took his life. We are truly grateful for the sacrifice of SPC Hayes and the service of his brother, James Hayes and his sister Melissa Stewart. It was a privilege to walk two miles in their honor on this Memorial Day.