Haines, Richard, LT Fallen
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1941-1942, USS New Orleans (CA-32)
Lieutenant Lieutenant

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Haines Falls, NY
Last Address
Haines Falls, NY

Casualty Date
Not Specified
Hostile, Died
Drowned, Suffocated
Pacific Ocean
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Capture and defense of Guadalcanal Campaign/Tassafaronga (Fourth Savo) November 30 - December 1, 1942 WWII
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  1941-1942, USS New Orleans (CA-32)
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Richard Alexander Haines, born in Haines Falls, NY on April 28, 1903, was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve in July 1941.  During WWII, while serving aboard the heavy cruiser NEW ORLEANS, the ship suffered a devastating torpedo strike in the Battle of Tassafaronga on November 30, 1942.  Making the ultimate sacrifice, Lieutenant Haines remained at his station to assist in controlling the damage, until overcome by asphyxiating gas generated by the explosion.  In the true tradition of the Navy, he gave his life to save his shipmates and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism.
          On August 26, 1943, a destroyer escort was launched and commissioned the USS Haines (DE-792) to honor Lieutenant Haines' memory.  The USS Haines was subsequently awarded one battle star during WWII.  On December 15, 1944, the USS Haines was converted to a high-speed transport and reclassified as APD-84.  On April 29, 1946, the USS Haines was decommissioned, stricken June 1, 1960 and sold May 3, 1961.

The plaque shown below was dedicated to Lt. Haines and placed on the Veteran's Memorial at the Mountain Top Historical Society in Haines Falls,  New York on July 12, 2008.  Many family members and acquaintances were in attendance to honor the bravery and memory of Lt. Haines.  American Legion Bunt-Brewer Post 165 presented the Color Guard in tribute to his commitment and sacrifice.  This plaque is now on display in the vestibule of the Town of Hunter Townhouse.
Namesake of the USS Haines (DE-792/APD-84).
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