The Ralph E. Haines Jr. Story

Proud to be a General, Proud to be a Private

By Harry M. Covert

Ralph Haines enjoyed weekly and monthly breakfasts and lunches. Attendance, even though not required, usually was filled to capacity.  

He could have been mistaken for a traveling Baptist evangelist.       

He was a serious practicing charismatic Christian, an Episcopalian, to be exact. When he boomed “Amens” the choruses followed by large audience responses. If he raised his arms during remarks similar displays would follow.  

Who was Ralph E. Haines Jr.? He was a Texan, a four-star general in the U. S. Army who served as vice chief of staff, the Pacific commander and commanding general of the Continental Army Command (CONARC) at Fort Monroe, Va.,… Read More