About Major General Peter C. Hains III
Peter Conover Hains, III, born May 11, 1901, was an American Army cavalry officer and Major General who competed in the 1928 Olympic games in the modern pentathlon. Hains graduated from West Point in 1924, where he ranked 162nd in his class.
Hains' family had a long legacy of military service, with his great grandfather, grandfather, and uncle all serving as high-ranking military officers. Peter Hains father was involved in an infamous murder scandal in New York City in 1909.
He was born at Fort Banks, Massachusetts. He was a 1924 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic pentathlon team in 1926 and the 1932 equestrian team and later helped prepare other pentathlon teams for world competitions. As a young cavalry officer, he participated in 37 steeplechases and won or placed in all but one.
General Hains served as commander of the First Armored Regiment in North Africa during the war. He was also armored adviser for the European invasion and then was assigned to the Pacific to help plan an invasion of Japan.
After the war, he was assigned to Washington as deputy director of the office of the secretary of defense. General Hains was later deputy commanding general of the Second Army, chief of the military assistance advisory group in Yugoslavia, chief of staff of the Fourth Army and chief of the military advisory group in Thailand.
His honors included a Silver Star, a Distinguished Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal.