Richard Alexander Haines was born in Haines Falls, N.Y., 28th April 1903. He attended the Tennessee Military Institute from 1921-1923, the Naval Academy for a time, and served 3 years in the Coast Guard from 1928-1931. Commissioned Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve on 23rd July 1941. Haines served in Washington, after which he was assigned to the USS New Orleans. When the USS New Orleans suffered a devastating torpedo hit in the Battle of Tassafaronga, 30 November 1942, Lieutenant Haines remained at his station to assist in controlling the damage until overcome by asphyxiating gas generated by the explosion.
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