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Captain Bruce E. Hays

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United States Army National Guard
Captain Bruce E. Hays, 42, of the Army National Guard of Wyoming, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, as a result of injuries sustained in combat in Afghanistan.
Captain Hays was born Dec. 29, 1965 in Merced, Calif. He graduated from Capitan (New Mexico) High School in 1984 and joined the Army. He served as an enlisted soldier as a tanker with the 2nd ACR for eight years, including service in Desert Storm, then attended New Mexico State University. During his college years he was employed at the Army Research Lab at White Sands Missile Range. In 1996 he graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with a degree in soil science. He was a surveyor with the USDA Soil Service and then was offered a commission in the Army National Guard. He was employed full time with the Army National Guard of Wyoming, and was on active duty at the time of his death. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternity at NMSU; the American Legion in Wyoming; the National Rifle Association; and Yellowstone Baptist Church in Cheyenne, Wyo. He had also been very active with the Army National Guard family support programs.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Hays, of the family home in Alamogordo; his children, Bethany Hays and Eleanor Hays, of Alamogordo, John Vance III, of Albuquerque, and Alfonso Vance and Genevieve Vance, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; his parents, Leonard and Barbara Louise Hays, of Alamogordo; two brothers, Scott Hays, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Mark Hays and his wife, Julie, of Hobbs; his father and mother-in-law, Arturo and Pilar Madrid, of Anthony; and three brothers-in-law, Arturo Madrid and his wife, Tracy, of Conway, Ark., Juan Madrid and his wife, Elizabeth, of Denver, Colo., and Ruben Madrid, of Stuttgart, Germany.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Dr. Frank Zamora and Pastor Howell Scott officiating.
Military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Army National Guard. Escort honors and a flag honor cordon will be provided by the Patriot Guard Riders.
Cremation will follow the funeral services.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Operation Wounded Warrior, New Mexico Legion Riders, c/o Ed Summerall, 34 Stonewood Drive, Alamogordo, NM 88310.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9, 2008
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