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Hays, Wesley



  • Existence: September 1, 1921 - August 17, 2018


Wesley Hays, from Novice, Texas, served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CV-11) during World War II, in 1945, as a Corsair pilot in VBF-10. He flew mission over Okinawa and participated in the attack on the Yamato. Hays was also attached to Intrepid when the ship experienced its last kamikaze hit in April of 1945. After the war ended, Hays returned home to his family in Texas, where he worked as a sales executive for Snap-on tools and then owned and operated a Western Auto store.
January 1942
Start Date of Military Service
January 1945
Start Date of Service Aboard Intrepid
November 1945
End Date of Service Aboard Intrepid
End Date of Military Service (reserves)

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

June Hays Oral History

Identifier: OHP 096
Scope and Contents June Hays married Wesley Hays in 1943, and experienced life on the home front during World War II while Wes served aboard Intrepid in VBF-10. Hays began her interview by discussing her childhood in Santa Anna, Texas. She also explained how she met Wesley Hays. June then recalled Wes joining the Navy, getting engaged to Wes, getting married in Pensacola, and having their first son, Wes Jr. As the interview continued, June noted that Wes was eventually stationed in Groton, Connecticut, and that...

Wesley Hays Oral History

Identifier: OHP 095
Scope and Contents Wesley Hays served aboard Intrepid during World War II, in 1945, as a Corsair pilot in VBF-10. Hays began his interview by providing an overview of his time on board Intrepid. He also briefly discussed his childhood and how he developed an interest in flight. The interview then transitioned to a discussion on flight training, and Hays described the stages of flight training and the aircraft he flew. He also explained how he was assigned to VBF-10 and provided a detailed description of the...