Major John Haynes - USMC (Retired) - Monticello, FL

Major Haynes is a native of Florida, he was born on Feb. 6, 1930 in Madison, Fl., Maj. Haynes lived in Madison until he was 6 yrs. old, the family then moved to Venice / Nokomis, Fl. where he lived until he joined the Marine Corps in 1945 at the age of 15. After boot camp he joined the 1st Marine Division in North China in December 1945. The 1st Marine Division was sent to China to accept the surrender of the Japanese Army. After this was completed the marines became involved in the Chinese Civil War. The Marines were also responsible for keeping the railroad open between North China and Manchuria. The Chinese communist continually attempted to destroy the railroads and bridges in order to prevent the Nationalist Chinese from being able to transport coal from the coal mines to the South. Coal was the life blood for the people in North China, without it there would be no production of any kind, and the people would freeze. Maj. Haynes remained in China for two years.

Maj. Haynes was then stationed in Quantico, Va. With the 22nd Marine Infantry Regt. In 1949 as Sgt. E-4 He was selected for duty at Marine Barracks 8th & Eye, Washington D.C. with the Marine Corps Ceremonial Detachment. Maj. Haynes was selected for Staff Sgt E-5 and then saw duty in Korea with the Ist Marine Division where he served as a Platoon Sgt and acting Platoon Commander for a period of 13 months, during this period he was promoted to Tech Sgt. E-6.

He was wounded in action in Korea and received the Purple Heart and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V” for his service. Upon returning to the States he was stationed at MCB Quantico, Va., with duty at the Marine Corps Development Center, where he served as the NCOIC of the Mine Field / Obstacle Breaching Section, testing methods and techniques for breaching Mine Fields and obstacles. Maj. Haynes also attended Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Indian Head, Maryland while assigned at Quantico. Maj. Haynes was then assigned to the Marine Corps Engineer School, Camp Lejeune, N.C. as NCOIC of Demolition & Mine Warfare School, This assignment was as a result of a training accident where three Marines were killed and four seriously injured, The Marine Corps then placed a requirement that the Officer in Charge and NCOIC of the Demolitions & Mine Warfare School be experienced combat Engineepand be school trained Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians During this tour of duty at Camp Lejeune, Maj. Haynes was selected for Master Sergeant, 1st Sergeant and Warrant Officer (Gunner). As a Gunner, he went back to EOD School for recertification in both conventional and Nuclear Weapons, EOD, was then assigned to the Fleet Marine Force Western Pacific, ie Okinawa, Korea, Borneo, Thailand and Philippines.

Maj. Haynes was next assigned as the Base EOD Officer Quantico, Va. for duty , His next tour of duty was as an Instructor and Officer in Charge of the Nuclear Weapons section at EOD School, Indian Head, Md., followed by a tour as the Marine Corps Representative at the Navy EOD Technical Facility, Indian Head, MD. Maj. Haynes was selected for 2nd Lieutenant during this tour and was then assigned to Fleet Marine Forces Western Pacific for duty in Viet Nam as the Force EOD Officer for all Marine Units in Viet Nam, after a 13 month tour in Viet Nam, Maj. Haynes returned to Naval EOD School, as the Marine Detachment Commander.

In January 1970 Maj. Haynes, then a Captain was reassigned to Fleet Marine Forces ‘Western Pacific where he served as the 3rd MAF EOD Officer for Viet Nam, Thailand and Okinawa (3rd MAF = 3rd Marine Amphibious Force). Upon completion of this tour of duty Maj. Haynes was once again assigned back to Naval EOD School, Indian Head. MD. As the Marine Corps Representative, and as the Commander of the Marine Detachment.

Maj Haynes retired from Active duty in 1975 and completed his college at the University of Maryland, where he earned a BS Degree, He then earned a Masters Degree at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan: He then worked for 17 years in the Navy Trident Submarine Program. He served for 2 years at the Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC, and 15 years as the Naval Seas System Command Trident Submarine Coordinator, Eastern Test Range, Cape Canaveral, Fl. Since retiring, Maj. Haynes has served as a volunteer Service Officer, with the Disabled American Veterans, Dept, of Florida

Nomination of Major John L. Haynes, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)
I am honored to nominate Major John L. Haynes, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), for induction into the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Major Haynes served his country as a U.S. Marine from 1945 until 1975 when he received an honorable discharge. He served in the Infantry, as a Combat Engineer and as a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician. His military service took him to the Asiatic Pacific, North China during the Chinese Civil War, Korea, Viet Nam, Okinawa, Japan, Borneo and many other foreign countries. Major Haynes held every enlisted rank from Private to First Sergeant, and served as a Commissioned Warrant Officer with the official designation of Marine Gunner.

Major Haynes was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the nation’s third highest combat decoration for Conspicuous Gallantry in action against an armed enemy in Viet Nam. His other decorations and awards include the Purple Heart Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star and Combat “V”, the Combat Action Ribbon, Cross of Gallantry, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, China Service Medal, World War Two Victory Medal and a number of other personal and Unit Awards.

Advocacy on Behalf of Veterans:

  • While in Maryland in 1978, Major Haynes served as Deputy District Governor for the Lions Club International. During that time, he was honored to receive the Distinguished Citizen of Maryland Award by the Governor of the State of Maryland.
  • In 1979 Major Haynes served as State Commandant of the Maryland Marine Corps League.
  • In 2006, Major Haynes was 1st Vice President of the Military Officers Association. Also in 2006, he was a Director of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Foundation and Chairman of the Charter EOD Memorial Committee. He has also served as 3rd, 2nd, 1st, Senior, and State Commandant of the Florida Disabled American Veterans.
  • Major Haynes has served for 20 years as a Service Officer for the Veterans Administration and the American Legion. He is also the Florida State Service Officer of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was awarded the title of Service Officer of the Year.
  • In 1993-1994, Major Haynes was All State Post Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for the State of Florida and was District Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1995. He was also National Aide-de-Camp of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for two years and served on the National Scouting Committee.

Current Contributions on Behalf of Veterans:

  • Major Haynes is currently a member of the Arthur R. Meyer, Jr. Marine Corps League, Detachment 472, in Tallahassee, Florida. I am also a member of this Detachment and have personally observed his commitment to Florida veterans and their families.
  • Currently he is Chairman of the Florida Veterans Foundation, serving the Foundation since its creation by the Florida Legislature on July 9, 2008.
  • Major Haynes is Senior Vice Commander of the Florida Purple Heart Chapter and also serves as the State Service Officer. He has conducted several hundred military funerals on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
  • Major Haynes is frequently invited to speak at civic functions such as at the Elks Club on Memorial Day 2013. He was recently recognized by Worldwide Who’s Who as Executive of the Year for 2013 representing the veterans services industry. He received a plaque and certificate signed by Richard Someck, Vice President of Worldwide Who’s Who.
  • In 2012 Major Haynes was selected to serve as Grand Marshall of the Veterans Day Parade in Tallahassee.
  • Major Haynes now spends most of his time helping disabled veterans and their families after they are denied benefits from the Veterans Administration. An article in the Tallahassee Democrat by Bob Gabordi,