CWO Michael "Big Mike" Wayne Haley was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/26/2009 at the age of 61.0 from Heart attack
Mount Juliet, TN
Flight Classes 68-517 and 68-31
Date of Birth 12/11/1948
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 175 AHC in 68-69
Call sign in Vietnam OUTLAW 13
This information was provided by Wife called Tom Payne

More detail on this person: Information Source: Bond Memorial Chapel N. Mt. Juliet Rd and Weston Drive, Mt. Julie

Haley, Michael Wayne, of Mt. Juliet, TN was born December 11, 1948 and passed away November 26, 2009 at the age of 60. Mr. Haley graduated from Dickson High School and then attended Austin Peay University. After completing U.S. Army basic training at Ft. Polk, LA, he went on to graduate flight school at Ft. Rucker, AL. As a helicopter pilot Mr. Haley was credited with saving numerous lives of fellow servicemen during the Vietnam War by piloting AH-1G's in and out of hostile and actively combative territories with the 175th Assault Helicopter Company also known as "The Outlaws" and was awarded the Bronze Star. After returning home from Vietnam, Mike's service to his country continued as a flight instructor with the U.S. Army at Ft. Rucker, AL. He also served in the Tennessee Army National Guard and was a member of the Mt. Juliet Lodge # 642 F&AM. Continuing his education, Chief Warrant Officer Haley earned a Master of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee. The Journey through Mike's career path included becoming a law enforcement officer in Dickson, TN to retiring from a Fortune 100 company as the executive human resource manager. Michael Wayne Haley was a devoted life long member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association where he and his wife Marilyn faithfully attended reunions all over the country. This wonderful and brilliant gentleman was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Haley, Sr. and Jewel Burns Haley and brother Larry Haley.

He is survived by: wife - Marilyn Colgate Haley of Mt. Juliet, TN; Daughters - Stephanie (Barry) Estes of Burns, TN; Hollie Haley of Dickson, TN; Brothers-Tom (Gloria) Haley and Steve Haley of Dickson, TN; Grandchildren- Emmy Lynn and Easton Estes of Burns, TN; Sister-n-law- Billie (Chris) Flowers of Donelson, TN

Step-daughter- Leah (Tim) Hedge of Tullahoma, TN; Step-grandchildren - T.C., Mary Cate and Jay Hedge, Kaitlyn Flowers, Rick and Nick Carter and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

The family wishes to sincerely express unequivocal gratitude to all friends, fellow servicemen and the members of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association for all the thoughts and prayers. We are so grateful for you all that words cannot truly express the depth of our appreciation.

Funeral services will be conducted 9 a.m. Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at Bond Memorial Chapel. Interment with military honors will follow at 11 a.m. at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Judes Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Suite 1, Marietta, GA 30067.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday and 4-6:30p.m. Monday ending with a Masonic service at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663

Other Information: Mike was Chair of the 1999 VHPA Reunion held in Nashville, a Life Member of VHPA, and Founder of the local chapter.

Burial information: Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

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