Haines, John Charles, Jr., EOC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
EO-0000-Equipment Operator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Equipment Operator
Primary Unit
1952-1967, EO-5710, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 4
Service Years
1951 - 1967
EO-Equipment Operator
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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mansfield Twp. Res: Bordentown
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Mar 07, 1967
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Mary's Cemetery - Bordentown, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16E 035

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Mar 7, 1967

Last Updated:
Mar 7, 2014

Hometown: Bordentown

County: Burlington

Status: KIA

Rank: EOC

Branch of Service: Navy

Country of Incident: SVN

Date of Casualty: Mar 07, 1967

Date of Birth: Nov 25, 1931

John Charles Haines, Jr. was born in Mansfield Township, NJ, on November 25, 1931, to John C. and Eva May Haines. His home of record is Bordentown, NJ. He was the oldest of five children - John, Richard, Katherine, Robert, and Eva. He attended St. Mary's Grammar School and Bordentown High School. His childhood was spent on an 11-acre farm stocked with horses and pet animals. He always had an interest in working on cars and trucks.

He continued his education at UCLA studying Engineering.

He enlisted in the US Navy in 1951, and served in the Mobile Construction Battalion 4 (Seabees) where he attained the rank of Equipment Operating Chief (EOC). Haines' uncle, Bill Haines, had been a Seabee during World War II, and that led to John's interest in joining the Navy Mobile Construction Battalion.

On March 7, 1967, at the age of 35, Haines was killed in action during a deployment when the jeep he was driving hit a mine buried in the road.

He was a career Navy man with 16 years of service. He was very proud to be a "Chief" in the Seabees. He was viewed by his men as the "old man". He loved a "good time" and had friends all over the Pacific Rim, West Coast and back home in NJ. He had planned to be married after his tour.

Haines received the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and the Purple Heart. Along with these medals, he also received the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

In addition to the medals Haines received the 12th Seabee camp in-country was dedicated to him on July 3, 1968. Camp Haines was a Helicopter Base used by the 158th Assault Helicopter - 101st Airborne Division. It served as a repair and overhaul base.

Haines' Navy Commendation Medal citation reads:
For heroic service from 12 February to 7 March 1967 in connection with operations against the enemy while serving the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion FOUR, in the Republic of Vietnam. During this period, Chief Petty Officer Haines commanded four convoys, which were carrying material and equipment from Danang for the resurfacing of a combat-essential airfield at An Hoa. All convoys were required to travel over twenty miles of frequently mined roads and to pass through territory infested with enemy forces. Although aware that other vehicles had encountered mines and that friendly forces had come under enemy fire, Chief Petty Officer Haines volunteered and was selected to command these convoys, in addition to his normal duties as transportation manager for the battalion. Due to his outstanding leadership, extreme devotion to duty, and courageous spirit, each convoy was completed in a timely manner, enabling the construction project to be completed ahead of schedule. Chief Petty Officer Haines' initiative, heroic service, and intrepid leadership reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

Sources: Eva Haines (sister) and NJVVMF

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