Barnes, John III, PFC Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1967-1967, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Service Years
1966 - 1967



Private First Class


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Home State
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Year of Birth
1945
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Dedham
Last Address
Boston

Casualty Date
Nov 12, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Vietnam
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Brookdale Cemetery - Dedham, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 29E, Row 084

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Rifle

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade
  1967-1967, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1967-1967, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Basic Combat Training
  1965, Camp Picket VA (Basic Training), 0
 Combat and Operations History
  1945-1975 Vietnam War
  1945-1989 Cold War (1945-1989)
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive, Phase III Campaign 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968 VSM Streamer/Operation Greeley
  1967-1967 Operation MacArthur/Battle of Dak To
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity





 *BARNES, JOHN ANDREW III

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry 173d Airborne Brigade. Place and date: Dak To, Republic of Vietnam, 12 November 1967. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Born: 16 April 1945, Boston, Mass.

Citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Barnes distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while engaged in combat against hostile forces. Pfc. Barnes was serving as a grenadier when his unit was attacked by a North Vietnamese force, estimated to be a battalion. Upon seeing the crew of a machinegun team killed, Pfc. Barnes, without hesitation, dashed through the bullet swept area, manned the machinegun, and killed 9 enemy soldiers as they assaulted his position. While pausing just long enough to retrieve more ammunition, Pfc. Barnes observed an enemy grenade thrown into the midst of some severely wounded personnel close to his position. Realizing that the grenade could further injure or kill the majority of the wounded personnel, he sacrificed his life by throwing himself directly onto the hand grenade as it exploded. Through is indomitable courage, complete disregard for his own safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, he averted a probable loss of life and injury to the wounded members of his unit. Pfc. Barnes' extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the cost of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

   
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Vietnam Wall Panel coords 29E 084
   
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Military Order of the Purple HeartLegion Of Valor
  1967, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1967, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
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