John Loda Haines

Sergeant
HHC, 1ST BN, 5TH INF RGT, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
23 October 1946 - 06 March 1968
Vandalia, MI
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25 INF DIV

5TH INF RGT
Distinguished Service Cross

Combat Medic

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for John Loda Haines

12 April 2003

REMEMBERED

by his comrades in the
5th Inf Rgt
5th Infantry

A memorial initiated by a fellow Bobcat,
Randy Kethcart
randy@bobcat.ws

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
HEADQUARTERS, UNITED STATES ARMY VIETNAM
APO San Francisco 96375

20 April 1968

GENERAL ORDERS
NUMBER 1839

AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

HAINES, JOHN L US54959324 SPECIALIST FOUR E-4 UNITED STATES ARMY
HHC, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division

Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross
Date action: 6 March 1968
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Specialist Four Haines distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 6 March 1968 as medical aidman for an infantry platoon conducting a sweep and secure mission near Hoc Mon. As his unit moved into a dense woodline, it was subjected to intense small arms, automatic weapons, and anti-tank rocket fire from an enemy force of unknown size. Five members of his platoon were seriously wounded by the initial burst of savage hostile fire. Fearlessly exposing himself to the withering fusillade, Specialist Haines raced forward to assist his stricken comrades. With bullets striking all around him, he courageously moved from one casualty to another, administering first aid. Specialist Haines was hit while treating one of the soldiers, but disregarded his wound and continued his live-saving mission. Observing his platoon sergeant severely wounded and lying in an open area raked by enemy machine gun fire, he rushed to the man and began attending him. Specialist Haines was instantly killed by the machine gun fire while applying the last bandage to his fallen comrade. His gallant and determined actions in close combat saved the lives of several fellow soldiers. Specialist Four Haines' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.

12 May 2003

Although I never had the honor of meeting you, I am your nephew, Craig Robinson, born August 22,1967, almost a month before you left for Vietnam. I visited your gravesite this Mothers Day weekend. You lie next to your sister, my mother Alma Mae Haines Robinson. I never really knew how you died, and I guess it was something that the family didn't like to talk about. But when I read the story of how you died saving the lives of your comrades, I wasn't surprised. The Haines family has a long history of serving in the military, in fact I was a Corpsman/DT in the Navy, and I am so proud of you and your sacrifice for this nation. Until we meet someday....

Craig S. Robinson
craigsrobinson@yahoo.com

Visit John Dennison's
Medics on the Wall
memorial which honors the
Army Medics and Navy Corpsmen who died in Vietnam.


The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his nephew,
Craig S. Robinson
craigsrobinson@yahoo.com 
13 Apr 2003



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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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