World War II naval doctor to be honored

MANISTEE — Manistee High School (MHS) graduate and U.S. Naval doctor Lewis Haynes will be honored on May 13 in Manistee.Doc Haynes with pipe

A 1930 graduate of MHS, Haynes served aboard the USS Indianapolis, the last American ship to be sunk during World War II. The harrowing experience of that

sinking was featured in the New York Times best-selling book, “In Harms Way,” written by acclaimed author Doug Stanton, and has been featured in various movies and the History Channel.

Stanton will serve as keynote speaker at the 2 p.m. May 13 event in Manistee, that will be held at the Manistee Veterans Memorial Park, located in downtown Manistee along the river/channel.

Haynes’ daughter, Libby Ostrofsky of Massachusetts, will serve as a special speaker.

U.S. Naval doctor Lewis Haynes will be honored with a bronze plaque at the Manistee Veterans Memorial Park on May 13. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Naval doctor Lewis Haynes will be honored with a bronze plaque at the Manistee Veterans Memorial Park on May 13. (Courtesy photo)

Haynes died March 11, 2001, just a few weeks before Stanton’s book hit the shelf. Stanton had interviewed him, as well as other survivors of the sinking, to gather information for his celebrated book.

“Dr. Haynes’ heroism is matched only by his humility,” said Stanton. “Through pure force of will, intelligence, and displaying an overwhelming sense of compassion for those around him, Dr. Haynes was continually faced with making enormously difficult situations at the most difficult moments. His story, as with the story of the USS Indianapolis itself, is an inspiration to all.”

The MHS band and choir will both perform at the celebration that will unveil the fourth bronze plaque to be placed in the park.

“Our students are honored to be valued for the part of the ceremony and appreciate of the service and sacrifice of our local service personnel,” said Andy Huber, Manistee High School principal.

Previous plaques placed in the park recognize the USS Liberty, Little River Band of Ottawa Indian code talkers of WWII, and Medal of Honor recipient Duane Dewey of neighboring Irons, who served during the Korean War.

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