Thomas Hayes was born on 8 February 1898, became a physician, and was commissioned in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy in 1924. A reflective dreamer and thinker, he was later to write in these prison camp memoirs that he sensed his life taking an irreversible turn in the summer of 1940 when, as a senior lieutenant commander, he received orders to sea aboard the cruiser U.S.S. Milwaukee.
Stockdale, James B.
"The Fate of a Good Doctor,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 43
, Article 11.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol43/iss2/11