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Captain Collins H. Haines
Captain H. Haines was born in Palmyra, New Jersey on March 6,
1932. After high school, he attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown,
Pennsylvania, where he graduated in June 1954. Entering the Navy in
the fall of that year, he was commissioned an ensign following Officer's
Candidate School at Newport, Rhode Island. '
He served aboard the USS RANDOLPH QCVA-151 and the USS
DAVIS QDD-937D before entering flight training in late 1958. He was
designated a Naval Aviator in May 1959. During the next three years
he served in VS-37, VS-35 and on the staff of CVSG-57, all homeported
at Naval Air Station CNASQ North Island, San Diego. Returning to the
Training Command, he instructed in VT-21 in Kingsville, Texas, where
he remained until early 1966. He then reported to VFP-63 and became
Officer-in-Charge of a Light Photographic Reconnaissance Detachment in
Air Wing 21. In January 1967 he deployed to the Western Pacific aboard
the USS BON HOMME RICHARD. On June 5, 1967, while flying his
40th combat mission in an RF-8 Crusader, he was shot down near Thann
Hoa. His next six years were spent as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
He returned to the United States in the spring of 1973 and was assigned
to the staff of Commander, Fighter Early Airborne Warning Wing, Pacific.
In July 1974 he assumed command of VFP-63 at NAS Miramar. His next
tour was as Executive Officer of the USS OKINAWA QLPH-3j, which
ended in May 1977. Two months later he became Commanding Officer
of the USS PAUL REVERE QLPA-248j, homeported in Long Beach,
California. He completed a student tour in the Senior Officer's Ships
Material Readiness course at Idaho Falls before becoming Commander
Officer of USS TRIPOLI QLPH-10, on April 23, 1979.
Captain Haines wears the Silver Star, the legion of Merit with Combat
V, the Bronze Star with Combat V, three Air Medals, the Navy
Commendation Medal, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service
Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
He is married to the former Rosalie Lewis of Riverton, New Jersey.
They presently reside in La Jolla, California with their two children,
Colleen and Tim.”