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USS Haines (DE 792 / APD 84)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Haines (DE 792) Building and Operational Data:
  • 17 May 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Tex.
  • 26 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Mary V. Haines, wife of the namesake
  • 27 December 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. Elmer C. Powell in command
  • 11 December 1944: Entered the Brooklyn Navy Yard for conversion to APD
  • 01 March 1945: Conversion completed, reclassified APD 84
  • 29 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 4 months of service
  • 01 June 1960: Struck from the NVR
  • 19 May 1961: Sold for scrapping to the North American Smelting Co., Wilmington. Del.
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    Jack Miller

    35k Richard Alexander Haines was born in Haines Falls, N.Y. on 28 April 1903. He attended the Tennessee Military Institute from 1921 to 1923, and also attended the U. S. Naval Academy for a time, before serving 3 years in the Coast Guard (1928-1931). Commissioned Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve on 23 July 1941, Haines served in USS Washington (BB 56), after which he was assigned to the cruiser USS New Orleans (CA 32). When New Orleans suffered a devastating torpedo hit in the Battle of Tassafaronga on 30 November 1942, 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 had given his life to save his shipmates, and he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism.

    USS Haines (DE 792) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    30k undated wartime image Jerry Church

    View the USS Haines (DE 792 / APD 84) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Haines' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 27 Dec. 1943 - 18 Jun. 1945Lcdr. Elmer Calvin Powell, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 18 Jun. 1945 - 28 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Howard John Laurent, USNR
    3.) 28 Dec. 1945 - 29 Apr. 1946Lcdr. Philip James Hendrickson, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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