Mr. Haines enlisted in Army Fall of 1969, completed Advanced Infantry Training at Ft. Polk, Louisiana in April 1970, graduated Infantry Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia in November 1970, and completed Staff Intelligence Officer Basic at Ft. Hollabird, Maryland in February 1971. Other military achievements include
OIC M16 Qualification Range at Ft. Dix, New Jersey in Feb-Sep 1971, Loading Officer on ADAC team at Griffith AFB, MACV Saigon, RVN Headquarters J-2 Enemy Logistics Officer with highest security clearance, where he worked in “Tank” at HQ on special assignments. Haines also served as the unit’s “Hail and Farewell” officer for those functions from November 1971 to August 1972.
While in Hillsboro, Mr. Haines was very active in Jaycees, Elks, and Rotary, running the full gauntlet of projects: Haunted Houses, Pancake Breakfasts, Santa’s Workshops, MDA telethons, and worked 15 years on the Highland Crippled Children Telethon. Also in Hillsboro, he served as a city councilman, as chairman of the Safety Committee, where he was responsible for contracts for fire and life squad services to the surrounding townships that couldn’t afford their own. While serving in the position, Haines restructured the fee system, determining the percent of usage by township and prorating it against the next year’s budget, saving money for the city and surrounding townships.
Other results of Mr. Haines’s charitable efforts include the founding of the Rotary Spaghetti dinner in 1993, netting about $3000 in one night. The effort was so successful, the event was repeated, and the club still runs it now, after 22 years.
In 2010 Mr. Haines began looking for his OCS classmates and has independently found 60 out of the class of 88, maintaining the class roster with current addresses and keeping the class informed of news and beginning a bi-monthly dinner to keep the class in-touch.
Mr. Haines is widowed with two grown children.