Vet Events Tally is proud to announce that Major John Haynes, Marine Corp RET has been selected as the 2012 Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshall. John served his country as a US Marine from 1945 until 1975. He served in the Infantry, as a Combat Engineer and as a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal 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, served as a Commissioned Warrant Officer with the official designation of Marine Gunner.
Major Haynes was awarded the Silver Star Medal, the nation’s 3rd 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. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS degree and Central Michigan University with a Masters Degree. He resides in Monticello, Florida with his wife Josie. He is the father of two sons, John Jr. and Charles and one daughter, Susan.