~Also awarded 41 veterans with the Governor’s Service Medal~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Major John Leroy Haynes with the Governor’s Medal of Merit. Major Haynes served in the U.S. Marines during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Governor Scott also awarded 41 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Medal.
Governor Rick Scott said, “I’d like to thank Major Haynes for his decades of brave and selfless devotion to serving our country, state, and community. I’m honored to present him with the Medal of Merit today to recognize his lifelong service and positive impact on the lives of veterans.”
Colonel Glenn Sutphin, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, said, “Major Haynes possesses every attribute that members of the military strive for; he is the epitome of the American military member. Not only has he defended his country in three wars, but he continues to advocate for his fellow veterans through public service.”
About Major John Leroy Haynes
Major John Leroy Haynes is a decorated veteran, serving 30 years in the United States Marines during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. His military decorations include the Silver Star Medal, the Purple Heart Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Cross of Gallantry. Following his active duty, Major Haynes served as State Commandant of the Maryland Marine Corps League. He has also served as a service officer for the Veterans Administration and the American Legion and is Chairman Emeritus of Florida Veterans Foundation.