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

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ERIC MARVIN BARNES
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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POSTED ON 3.25.2014
POSTED BY: A Marine, USMC, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

Silver Star
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

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.
Action Date: September 24, 1966

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company C

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 26th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 3.25.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain Eric Marvin Barnes, 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, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 8.27.2012
POSTED BY: brother

A brother's memory

Still leading the way brother. You can't keep a good man down.

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POSTED ON 8.11.2012

If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Eric Marvin BARNES, USMC...who made the ultimate sacrifice!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.

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