35th Infantry Regiment (Cacti) Association

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  SFC Charles Franklin Haines    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

HHC Company
35th Infantry Regiment
Korean War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal United Nations Korean Service Medal Republic of Korea War Service Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SFC Charles Franklin Haines, RA06731072, who died in the service of his country on September 4th, 1950 in Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Charles was 33 years of age. He was from Colorado County, Texas. Charles' Military Occupation Specialty was 2745-Light Weapons Infantry Leader.

The decorations earned by SFC Charles Franklin Haines include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Sergeant First Class Haines was in HQ and HQ Company, 35th Infantry Regiment.

Beverly National Cemetery
Burlington County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section K Site 869

Silver Star Citation:

SILVER STAR CITATION: Sergeant First Class Charles F. Haines, RA6731072, Infantry, United States Army, a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division displayed gallantry in action against an armed enemy near Chir-won, Korea, on 4 September 1950. On this date, Sergeant Haines volunteered to man a .50 caliber machinegun from a completely exposed position on one of two M-39 Personnel Carriers to take supplies and ammunition to a cut off company and to bring out wounded. The enemy had an undetermined number of road blocks on the route he had to follow. On the return trip, after having delivered the cargo of supplies and ammunition and picked up twenty-three wounded soldiers, the carriers were attacked by an estimated half dozen enemy from a village. Sergeant Haines assisted in killing all of them. Later an undetermined number attacked the carriers at close range with automatic weapons and hand grenades. Sergeant Haines, from his completely exposed position and with utter disregard for his personal safety heroically and gallantly continued to fire his machinegun into the enemy ranks until he was killed by a burst of automatic weapons fire. His inspiring actions, above and and beyond the call of duty was instrumental in saving the lives of fifteen of his wounded comrades. The gallantry displayed by Sergeant Haines reflects great credit on himself and the military service. Entered the military service from New Jersey.