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IRIA DANIEL BARNETT


is honored on Panel 31W, Line 63 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 1/20/17 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    On February 26, 1969, elements of the North Vietnamese Army attacked Cu Chi Base Camp, Hau Nghia Province, RVN, headquarters of the American 25th Infantry Division. Defense of the base was shared by members of the 554th Engineer Battalion, who suffered ten killed in the early morning attack. SP4 Richard M. Johnson, a general construction equipment operator from D Company, 554th Engineer Battalion, was enroute to the showers at dawn when he was shot and killed by NVA infiltrators. SP5 David C. Jackson, an asphalt equipment operator, and SP5 Leon R. Goodale Jr., a mason, also from the 554th, were killed by enemy rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire when the NVA infiltrated their company area. Other members of the 554th manning bunkers died in Hotel Sector on the base when sappers attacked Bunker 66 with satchel charges. SP4 Larry C. Koski, a plumber, and SP4 John R. Tennant, an electrician, were killed, and a third man was wounded. A reaction force from C Company went to man secondary positions behind Bunkers 70-73. When its 5-ton dump truck stopped to unload 1st Platoon personnel, two rocket-propelled grenades were fired at pointblank range, killing four: PFC Jerry L. Alferink, an electrician, SP4 Van H. Pearson, a water treatment specialist, and SP4 Henry L. Quigley and SP4 Iria D. Barnett, both plumbers. Five others were seriously wounded. NVA who had deployed themselves between Bunker 69 and 70 in a drainage ditch were assaulted by members of A Company. SSGT Hobart E. Covington, an asphalt equipment operator, and another engineer crossed the perimeter road to their front and fired at the enemy. The NVA returned AK-47 fire and hit SSGT Covington. A 554th lieutenant braved enemy fire and crossed the road to come to Covington’s aid. Engineers then threw several hand grenades at the enemy position, and with covering fire, were able to evacuate Covington. He later died of his wounds. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and selfcraft.net]
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  • Remembered

    Posted on 11/24/16 - by Lucy Conte Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    DEAR SPEC 4 BARNETT,
    THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A ENGINEERING PLUMBER. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE. THANKSGIVING DAY IS HERE, AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE..
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/28/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 Iria Daniel Barnett, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • We Remember

    Posted on 5/2/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Iria is buried at Cove Cemetery in Cove, OR. ARCOM PH
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 1/4/06 - by Bill Nelson grite@yahoo.com
    FOREVER REMEMBERED

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle hero’s you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heros lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers

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