Captain Bruce E. Hays was born December 29, 1965 in Merced, California. He graduated from Capitan (New Mexico) High School in 1984 and joined the U.S. 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 NMSU 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 N.R.A.; Yellowstone Baptist Church in Cheyenne Wyoming; and had been very active with the Army National Guard family support programs.
In 2008 Bruce was deployed to Afghanistan. Before he left, he bought a 1959 Chevy Apache pickup truck as an anniversary gift for his wife. Keeping it a secret from his wife, Bruce paid $17,000 to have the vehicle completed upon his return.
Bruce was killed in action on Sept. 17, 2008. His family and friends later found out that the man Bruce hired to restore the pickup did not complete the work on the vehicle and had left the area. By the time law enforcement caught up with the man, he had already spent all of the money and left the truck in several pieces.
Stevinson Automotive has offered help in the restoration of the 1959 Chevrolet Apache for Captain Bruce Hays’ wife and daughters. It is our extreme honor to help an individual who gave his life for our country. We will be showcasing the reconditioning progress of the vehicle and encourage anybody who would like to participate or donate to the project to visit our donations page here.