Bruce Hays kept his promise. To everyone who knew him, that’s hardly a surprise.
Inspired by Hays’ character and sacrifice, hundreds of volunteers offered their time and money to help the fallen soldier deliver one final gift to his bride, Terry – a completely restored 1959 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck like the one her family owned when she was a child. Hays purchased the truck as an anniversary gift for Terry years ago, hoping they might work on it together. But he was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on Sept. 17, 2008, before the project could be completed.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2012/04/17/vintage-pickup-honors-fallen-hero