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First Name: Ralph

Last Name: Haines

Birthplace: USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: Edward

Date of Birth: 21 August 1913

Date of Death: 23 November 2011

Rank: General

Years Served: 1935 - 1973
Ralph Edward Haines, Jr.

Graduate, U.S. Military Academy, Class of 1935

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Ralph Edward Haines, Jr.
General, U.S. Army

Ralph Edward Haines, Jr. was born on 21 August 1913. He attended Texas Military Institute and graduated in 1930 as class valedictorian. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1935 with a commission as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. He later attended the Armed Forces Staff College, the Army War College, the National War College and the Army Management School. Prior to World War II he served in the Philippine Scouts; during the war he served in Italy.

Major commands for Haines included Commanding General of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood, TX, from 1962-63. From 1965-67 he commanded the III Corps there. Other important assignments for Haines were Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Development in Washington from 1963-1965. In 1967-68 he was successively; Acting Vice Chief of Staff and then Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He was Commander, U.S. Army, Pacific from August 1968 to October 1970.

His final command was as Commanding General, Continental Army Command (CG CONARC), at Fort Monroe, Virginia from 1970-73. He retired on 31 January 1973.

Medals, Awards and Badges

Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze Star Medal
Army Commendation Medal
American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
Combat Infantryman Badge
Army Staff Identification Badge


• The Ralph E. Haines, Jr. Award, presented to the U.S. Army Reserve Drill Sergeant of the Year, is named in his honor.

• General Haines sits on the Advisory Committee of the U.S. Cavalry Association.

In Retirement

He retired to San Antonio, TX, with his wife, the former Sally Swift.

Death and Burial

General Ralph Edward Haines, Jr. died on 23 November 2011 in San Antonio, TX. He is buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Haines' wife, Sally, died in 2003. Haines and Sally had two sons, both graduated from the USMA. One son, Palmer Swift Haines, died in an aircraft crash in 2004 when the Cessna 421 he was piloting suffered dual engine failure near Austin, TX.

Honoree ID: 242   Created by: MHOH




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