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World War II 1
Army 1
Private First Class 1
1919 2
New York 2
abt 01 Jan 1955 1
Yonkers, Westchester, New York 1

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Gustav T Hayes 2
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 2
Marital Status: Married 2
1919 2
New York 2
abt 01 Jan 1955 1
Yonkers, Westchester, New York 1
Cause: overdose of sleeping pills 1
Place: Westchester County, New York 2

World War II 1

Army 1
Private First Class 1
Service Start Date:
1944 1
Service End Date:
1945 1
Enlistment Date:
17 Jan 1944 1
Enlistment Location:
New York City 1
Service Number:
42066957 1

World War II 2

Army 2
Enlistment Date:
17 Jan 1944 2
Army Branch:
No branch assignment 2
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 2
Army Serial Number:
42066957 2
Enlistment Place:
New York City New York 2
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 2
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 2
Policemen and detectives, public service 2
Race or Ethnicity:
White 2
Source Information:
Box Number: 1498 2
Film Reel Number: 8.10 2

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Death of Gustav T. Hayes

Yonkers Herald Statesman
Thursday, January 6, 1955
page 28

U.S. Customs Sergeant Found Dead In Hotel

Apparently a victim of an overdose of sleeping capsules, Gustav Hayes, thirty-five, of 346 Riverdale Avenue, was found dead in Room 102 of the Windham Hotel, 5 Hudson Street, shortly before Noon yesterday.

Mr. Hayes, described by police as a sergeant of the U. S. Customs Guard in New York City, has been dead "for a considerable time", police say. An official verdict to cause of death was awaited by police today from the County Medical Examiner, who ordered the body removed to Grasslands Hospital morgue for an autopsy.

Registered Dec. 31

Police were told that Mr. Hayes registered at the hotel at 9 P.M. Dec. 31, giving the name and address of "George Harris of Lincolndale, N. Y.," He paid one night's room rent and went to the room.

He had not been seen or heard so Harold Cartlidge, day manager, went to the room yesterday to inquire about the rental due for the interim. He found the man, clad in an undershirt, lying face downward, dead. Mr. Cartlidge notified police.

Detectives Louis Cacace and James Morrissey and First Precinct police under Sgt. John Havrish investigated. They turned over to the Medical Examiner some capsules found in the room. No notes were found.

Wife notified

Mrs. Barbara Hayes, wife of the deceased, was notified. Police say she called at police headquarters "over the weekend" to inquire if they had any word of her husband but she had not officially reported him missing.

Dr. Muretin Eber of St. Joseph's Hospital pronounced him dead.

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Name Gustav T Hayes
Ser. Number 42066957
Grade Private First Class
Service Army
Arm Infantry
First Report 12/16/1944
Last Report 06/01/1945
Organization Branch Immaterial Infantry Division Band Dental Co
Parent Unit 0422
Unit Type Group Regiment Commands System
Area European Theatre Germany
Source Official Sources
Status Liberated Or Repatriated
Detaining Power Germany
Camp Stalag 4b Muhlberg Sachsen 51 13

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