James A. Haynes III
James (Jimmy) Haynes III is the son of the late James and Louella Haynes. He was born in Tompkinsville on October 23, 1952 and graduated Curtis High School in 1971.
His first two years of active service were in the U.S. Navy with the Seabees at ACB-2 Little Creek, Virginia. He served the U.S. Navy for another 19 years, retiring as a 2nd Class Equipment Operator with reserve
construction Battalions 13 and 21.
James worked for the U.S. Coast Guard at the Activities N.Y. Engineering Division Utility Shop as a boiler plant equipment mechanic. He retired after 33 years of service. During that time, he served as the Union President for the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2747, representing the Coast Guard employees of New York, Virginia, Miami, Florida and Cleveland, Ohio. He received the Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
James’ service to the Staten Island Community includes numerous volunteer positions: Ancient Order of Hibernians of Richmond County Division Four and Ancient Order of Hibernians (former Richmond County President), St. Columcille Irish Cultural Center (current Vice President), and member of Round Tower Major Degree Team and Cuchulainn Celtic Warriors Degree Team of Richmond County.
James is active in Staten Island and national organizations including the United Staten Island Veterans Association (USIVO) (Chief Executive Chairman), Fleet Reserve Association Branch 226 (Past President), Staten Island Catholic War Veterans Post 1934 (Treasurer), Staten Island Council Knights of Columbus Governor Dongan Assembly (4th Degree Knight) Knights of Columbus Richmond Council 351 (served as Grand Knight), and member of National Organization of Veterans, Staff Sergeant Michael Ollis VFW Post 9587, Retired Enlisted Reserve Association, Seabee Foundation, and the Fort Wadsworth Galley Gang. In 2017, James was elected to Commander of DAV Halloran Memorial Chapter #34 and is now serving.
James was honored with the Commodore John Barry Award in 2003 and was Grand Marshal of the Richmond County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 2005. He received the Legion of Honor from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Museum.
James is most proud of, and would like to thank his wife, Christine, for her support and his sons, James and Christopher, who are always around when he needs their support.
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