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Colonel Webb C. Hayes, M.H.

 
 
Colonel Webb C. Hayes, M.H. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 15, 2012
1. Colonel Webb C. Hayes, M.H. Marker
Inscription. By his gift and endowment of Spiegel Grove with the Hayes Homestead and Hayes Memorial, he preserved for future generations this typical American home as a memorial to his beloved parents.

Major 1st Ohio Cavalry through the campaigns in Cuba and Porto Rico in the War with Spain 1898, Lieut. Colonel 31st. U.S. Infantry in the Philippines 1899. On staff Major General Chaffee Comdg. in China 1900. Dispatch bearer to the American Legations in Korea and China. Observer with Japanese Army in Port Arthur and Manchuria in Russo-Japanese War 1904.

Chairman Cuba-China Battlefield Commission 1905. Colonel Chief Signal Officer O.N.G. on Mexican Border. Dispatch bearer from American Embassy in Paris to Embassy in London and Berlin returning with German Army through Brussels to Ghent in 1914. Served in the Piave Campaign in Italy in 1917 and as regional commissioner for military labor A.E.F. in France and Morocco, North Africa during the World War.

Wounded and horse killed in assault on San Juan, Cuba 1898. Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor by direction of President Roosevelt "For distinguished gallantry at Vigan, Philippine Islands, Dec. 4, 1899." Decorated by General Lyauety, French Resident General in Morocco at Fez, Morocco Aug. 15, 1918.

Mary Miller Hayes
By her generous gifts and endowment she was largely instrumental
Colonel Webb C. Hayes, M.H. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 15, 2012
2. Colonel Webb C. Hayes, M.H. Marker
in founding the Memorial Hospital of Sandusky County as a memorial to her beloved parents. She joined her husband in the erection of the Overseas Soldiers' Memorial Sun Room. The endowment of the Overseas' Soldiers' Bed in the Memorial Hospital and the construction of the Soldiers' Memorial Parkway of Sandusky County in memory of their joint service overseas during the World War.

Red Cross workers in Paris, France in 1914 and in Paris, France and Rome, Italy in 1917. Y.M.C.A. librarian and hostess in 1918. At the American Soldiers' leave areas at Aix-Les-Bains and Nice, France.

"Kind words and gentle, when a gentle word was worth the surgery of an hundred schools to heal sick thought and make our bruises whole."
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 41° 20.401′ N, 83° 7.803′ W. Marker is in Fremont, Ohio, in Sandusky County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Hayes Avenue and Buckland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of Spiegel Grove and not visible from the road. Marker is in this post office area: Fremont OH 43420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harrison Trail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Spiegel Grove

Mary Miller Hayes image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 15, 2012
3. Mary Miller Hayes
(about 600 feet away); Cleveland Gateway (about 600 feet away); Soldiers Memorial Parkway of Sandusky County (about 600 feet away); Rutherford B. Hayes (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Spiegel Grove (about 700 feet away); Maj. Geníl. James B. McPherson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Samuel Thomson (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fremont.
 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, World I
 
Medal of Honor image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 15, 2012
4. Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor Award Letter image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 15, 2012
5. Medal of Honor Award Letter
War Department Washington, D.C. December 13, 1902.

Colonel Webb C. Hayes
Union Club, Cleveland, Ohio
Sir: I have the honor to advise you that by direction of President Roosevelt, and under provisions of the Act of Congress approved March 3, 1863, A Congressional Medal of Honor has this day been awarded to you for most distinguished gallantry in action at Vigan, Philippine Islands, December 4, 1899.

Distinguished gallantry in pushing through the enemy's lines alone on the night of December 4, 1899, from the beach to our beleaguered force at Vigan, P.I. and returning the following morning to report the condition of affairs to the Navy and get assistance."

Very Respectfully
Elihu Root
Secretary of War

Order of Ouissam Alaouite image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 15, 2012
6. Order of Ouissam Alaouite
Graves of Webb and Mary Hayes image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 15, 2012
7. Graves of Webb and Mary Hayes
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 27, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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