ERIC M BARNES
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HONORED ON PANEL 17E, LINE 41 OF THE WALL

ERIC MARVIN BARNES

WALL NAME

ERIC M BARNES

PANEL / LINE

17E/41

DATE OF BIRTH

05/04/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/25/1967

HOME OF RECORD

WINDSOR

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hartford County

STATE

CT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CAPT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ERIC MARVIN BARNES
POSTED ON 3.25.2019
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Vietnam

Silver Star Medal Citation

Eric Marvin Barnes

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: First Lieutenant
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
GENERAL ORDERS:

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Eric Marvin Barnes (MCSN: 0-89806), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, on 24 September 1966 in connection with military operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On that day, two platoons from First Lieutenant Barnes' company were escorting a tank-infantry column, composed of two tank platoons and two amphibian tractors, from the Battalion Command Post to Dong Ha when they were ambushed by an enemy force of approximately forty North Vietnamese Army regulars. Two tanks were hit almost immediately by enemy anti-tank rocket fire and automatic weapons fire, resulting in numerous casualties. The enemy's carefully planned attack, clever camouflage and heavy volume of fire momentarily rendered the column ineffective. Quickly assessing the situation, and disregarding his own personal safety, First Lieutenant Barnes left the tank on which he was riding and braved deadly enemy fire to move the length of the column, organizing a perimeter defense. He personally directed his men in returning fire and in protecting the wounded. First Lieutenant Barnes then effectively coordinated air strikes on the enemy positions. As medical evacuation helicopters arrived over the area amid deteriorating weather conditions, First Lieutenant Barnes skillfully guided them in by using a tank searchlight to mark the landing zone. Under his determined leadership, the tank column routed the enemy, and moved to the safety of friendly positions where the wounded were safely evacuated. As a result of his quick and fearless actions, the enemy suffered eleven confirmed killed and twenty estimated dead. By his exceptional courage, daring initiative, military proficiency, and loyal devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Barnes upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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POSTED ON 11.19.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR CAPTAIN BARNES,
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE AS AN INFANTRY OFFICER. SEMPER FI. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOU. THANKSGIVING DAY IS APPROACHING, 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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POSTED ON 11.24.2015
POSTED BY: Bill Hobbie

Honoring Captain Barnes

I never had the honor of meeting you, but i knew your loving mother, wife and your wonderful children. I have not seen Deirdre and Eric in many years. I hope to have the fortitude to contact them and ask and for forgiveness letting so many years pass. It is with your deepest honor and respect that I will do so.

Godspeed, Captain Barnes. Rest in Peace.
Bill Hobbie


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POSTED ON 9.27.2014
POSTED BY: Pete Eklof

memory

Yo, Eric. I think of you often and often, back to our childhood days on Cape Cod with your extraordinary bro and parents and then the delighted surprise at renewing our friendship in college. I can still feel your energy at age 71 and still miss you.
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POSTED ON 5.22.2014
POSTED BY: Jim Kyle

From a fellow Marine Captain

Eric Barnes, TRUE American Hero. Your last day in the field was all about your selfless devotion to your men. Awaiting your rotation flight home you could have stood down and prepared to leave. Instead you volunteered to lead one last Recon patrol. From the annals of Marine history this story will inspire all those who follow in your footsteps and we will never forget your sacrifice.
I would have been honored to have known you Captain Eric Barnes.
Captain Jim Kyle, USMC ret
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