DOUGLAS W BARNITZ
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HONORED ON PANEL 23W, LINE 61 OF THE WALL

DOUGLAS WANNER BARNITZ

WALL NAME

DOUGLAS W BARNITZ

PANEL / LINE

23W/61

DATE OF BIRTH

02/15/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/04/1969

HOME OF RECORD

COLUMBUS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Franklin

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DOUGLAS WANNER BARNITZ
POSTED ON 6.4.2019
POSTED BY: Diane Isett Koon

Etched in my ?? forever.

It has been 50 years now. Your letters were filled with lots of excitement about coming home and starting a life together. Just two weeks left and you would be on that flight home, but that flight home was far different than we expected. Instead of tears of joy, it was tears of grief, heartbreak and the lose of someone dear. You have never left us, because we carry you in our hearts forever, but are very missed and time can’t erase that pain. Until we meet again, my Love.
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POSTED ON 2.15.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Lance Corporal Douglas Wanner Barnitz, Served with the 3rd Platoon, Company D, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 12.17.2017
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of LCPL Douglas W. Barnitz

At 9:30 AM on June 2, 1969, a six-man USMC reconnaissance team from 3rd Platoon, D Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, call sign Flight Time, was inserted approximately two miles south of Khe Sanh Airfield in Quang Tri Province, RVN. The team was comprised of commander 1LT Michael M. O’Connor, radio operators LCPL Douglas W. Barnitz and CPL William M. Wellman, CPL William A. Buck Jr., PFC Robert L. Pearcy, and grenadier PFC Harold A. Skaggs. Their mission was to locate and report on enemy activity in the area. After ten minutes on the ground, the team discovered evidence of recent enemy presence after finding still-hot cooking gear and fresh banana peels. Ten meters away, they located a bunker which could have been an observation post. There they uncovered more food, military equipment including an AK magazine, fragmentation grenades, helmets and bush hats, and a first aid kit. The team set up an overnight position near this spot. The next day, at 5:50 PM, the team observed five enemy soldiers in brown uniforms and helmets. They reported the sighting and took no action. At 2:50 AM the following morning, the team’s position started receiving small arms fire and Chicom grenades from an unknown size enemy force. They reported one member was killed and the rest wounded, and requested emergency extraction and all on-call artillery support. At 3:05 AM, an aerial observer (AO) came on station and observed that the enemy force was ten yards from all sides of the team. The team next requested a reaction force be sent to their assistance. The AO fired its ordinance at the enemy and reported secondary explosions on the ground. At 3:20 AM, contact was lost with the team. A reaction force of 12 Marines was airborne by helicopter at 4:00 AM. At 6:20 AM, the reaction force observed seeing three, possibly five, members of the team and reported that the area looked like it had been hit with a flame thrower. By 7:00 AM they found all six members of Flight Time near Hill 471. All were dead. Five members of the team were in a trench and the sixth was approximately ten yards down the hill. On sight investigation indicated the enemy came up the northeast side of the hill, firing rocket-propelled grenades (RPG’s), tossing satchel charges and Chicom grenades, and using Bangalore torpedoes and small arms fire against the team. The area was covered with powder burns from all the explosives. The reaction team leader stated that the marks on the ground and the way the equipment was scattered, the team must have been involved in hand to hand combat. The team’s rifles, M79 grenade launcher, and .45 caliber pistol were missing. Their web gear, ammunition, and grenades were found. They were missing their shirts, and one had a boot missing. Their bodies were riddled by small arms fire and torn by explosives. About 15 yards to the north, several propaganda leaflets were found written in English. An American paperback with Vietnamese writing throughout the pages was found near one of the team member’s body. The team’s two radios were recovered, one damaged. Three NVA packs, one RPG with four rounds, assorted clothing, mess and medical gear, plus a piece of a parachute were recovered and sent to Battalion Intelligence. For this mission, 1LT O’Connor was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for leadership. PFC Skaggs also posthumously received the Bronze Star for merit after participating in 28 recon missions. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and Command Chronology Report of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, June 1969]
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POSTED ON 6.4.2017
POSTED BY: Diane Isett Koon

Never Forgotten

Dear Love,
Today was 48 years since you left this earth with five of your Marine brothers, leaving behind shattered dreams and hopes for a wonderful future. You have never been forgotten even though life has moved on and taken a different course, the happy memories that I carry in my heart of us together still remain. There is a song sung by Westlife that reminds me of you every time I hear it. It is titled "I Will See You Again". I love it a lot. Missing you!
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POSTED ON 5.24.2017
POSTED BY: Douglas C. Gill

Reunion

Hey Doug,
Just thought you would like to know, as if you don't already, our 50 year class reunion is coming up and you are not forgotten. I know you will be there. It doesn't seem that it was that long ago. It also doesn't seem that you left this world in 69 to be with our Lord. I was there also, only on a ship cruising the Sea of Japan and South China Sea at the time of your departure. Take care "brother" and looking forward to meeting you again in that big military station in the sky.

Doug Gill
Upper Arlington High School
U.S. Navy 69-71
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