Name: Robert A. Hayhurst
           NOTE: Official military records for Bright Light, Chrono
              and Alpha lists of loss noted him as
Robert A Hayhurst.
              Awards and later information show his name as Robert
              Edward Hayhurst.

Branch/Rank: United States Army/E5
Unit:  1st Battalion, 525th Military Intelligence Group. 
Date of Birth:  2 February 1941
Home City of Record: NEW RICHMOND WI
Date of Loss: 03-February-68
Country of Loss:  South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 162734 North  1073551 East
Status (in 1973): Escapee
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident:   Sergeants Edward Dierling

Official pre-capture photo

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.   Updated 2019 with information from Justin Jackson-Mann.


No further information available at this time.



This page at http://www.geronimos.org/smiat/AlwaysOutFront.htm states that he was captured
with Captain Theodore Gostas, Sergeants Edward Dierling and Donald Rander. 

Justin Jackson-Mann.

NOTE:  Capture records and former POW historical records indicate Captain Gostas 
and Don Randerwas captured on 1 Feb 1968, but capture coordinates are identical. 
Hayhurst and  Dierling are noted in capture records and former POW historical
records as having been captured 3 Feb 1968.


From:   On Behalf Of Bob
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2020 2:48 PM
Subject: Re: Al Carpenter

Yes....Great Job, Al.
Very good interview.

I also celebrate "two birthdays" every year.

The second birthday is coming up in a couple of days, February 23rd.

That's the day that Ed Dierling and myself escaped from the NVA over
on the boarder of Laos.

We were captured with a number of others on Feb. 1st, 1968, in Hue during
the '68 Tet Offensive.

We were being taken across country to the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos,
when we escaped.

We made our way back across country and found a Marine Artillary Base
west of Phu Bai....and the rest is nothing but memories we cherish.

Many happy "double birthdays," Al.
Bob Hayhurst.


..... et al. -

Comments accepted with great humility, as my story is very little different
from most of us junior shootdowns on this list.  The NBC interview just
happened to be my turn in the barrel, with a goal of not reflecting
unfavorably upon "the brotherhood" or myself.  Of course, my computer went
down for more than a week, right in the middle of the feedback on the
interview, so I have only a token idea of the overall responses, but the
number and tone I do know of have been overwhelming.  I tried, in the
interview, to make it clear that my comments, just like my "stripes", should
be seen as representative of us, in particular but, more broadly, of all who
served, suffered or, most tragically, died in the conflict we know as The
Vietnam War.

Bob, I can only speak for myself, again, but I think many of us know very
little of your story and that of others in similar circumstances.  For most
of us captured/held in the North, our stories were primarily of what was
done TO us, not what WE were able to do to E&E, etc.  I would like to read
more of the details of stories like yours, Hal Kushner's, Mike Benges, and
others.  I confess to probably having "missed the boat" on books already in
print about such "hairy tales", but I'm OLD, now, and somehow it seems much
more important to me to know these things...

Thanks for the birthday/re-birthday wishes!  I extend the same to each of
our brothers, as I'm sure we aren't the ONLY ones who observe TWO such great

Al Carpenter