Barnes, Alfred, LTC Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Last Unit
1969-1969, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1949 - 1969
Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Infantry

Lieutenant Colonel



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1927
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Montclair
Last Address
Belleville

Casualty Date
May 12, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Ngai
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
25W 060

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Infantry Shoulder Cord 24th Infantry Division


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Cold War Medal

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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

Parachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
US Army Accessions Command (USAAC)/US Army Cadet CommandFormal Schools/Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC) Fort Benning24th Infantry Division82nd Airborne Division
US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)/1st Army (First Army)Formal Schools/Infantry Officer Advanced Course10th Mountain Division (LI)Valley Forge General Hospital
Fort Dix, NJUS Army Europe (USAREUR)US Army Accessions Command (USAAC)/US Army Cadet CommandFormal Schools/Command and General Staff College (CGSC)
23rd Infantry Division/Americal Division/198th Light Infantry Brigade5th Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment23rd Infantry Division/Americal Division
  1944-1948, US Army Cadet Command/ROTC Howard University
  1948-1949, Formal Schools/Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC) Fort Benning
  1950-1951, 24th Infantry Division
  1951-1953, 82nd Airborne Division
  1953-1955, US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)/1st Army (First Army)
  1955-1955, Formal Schools/Infantry Officer Advanced Course
  1955-1956, 10th Mountain Division (LI)
  1956-1957, Valley Forge General Hospital
  1957-1960, Fort Dix, NJ/Personnel Control Facility, Fort Dix
  1960-1964, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1964-1967, US Army Accessions Command (USAAC)/US Army Cadet Command
  1967-1968, Formal Schools/Command and General Staff College (CGSC)
  1968-1969, 23rd Infantry Division/Americal Division/198th Light Infantry Brigade
  1968-1969, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment/HHC
  1969-1969, 23rd Infantry Division/Americal Division
  1969-1969, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment
 Colleges Attended 
Howard University
  1944-1948, Howard University
 Basic Combat Training
  1944, ROTC ((Select ROTC unit in unit assignments)), 1948
 Combat and Operations History
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive 27 June-15 September 1950
  1950-1951 Korean War/Chinese Communist Forces Intervention 3 November 1950-24 January 1951
  1950-1951 Korean War
  1951-1951 Korean War/2nd Chinese Offensive
  1951-1951 Korean War/Chinese Communist Forces Spring Offensive 22 April-8 July 1951
  1951-1951 Korean War/1st Chinese Spring Offensive
  1957-1969 Cold War (1945-1989)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign 1 July to 1 November 1968 VSM Streamer
  1968-1969 Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign 2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969 VSM Streamer
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign 23 February to 8 June 1969 VSM Streamer
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation


(May 22, 1969) -- Lt. Col. Alfred Barnes of Ralph Street, Belleville, a 20-year career Army office, was killed during an enemy rocket and mortar attack in Vietnam on May 12.

Mrs. Sadie R. Barnes, his wife, was notified by telegram of the overseas tragedy.

Lt. Col. Barnes had a personal dream fulfilled when he assumed command of a battalion two months ago.

On March 15, Lt. Col. Barnes had taken command of the 5th Battalion,  46th Infantry, a position of which he was very proud, his wife said.

"This is something that he had trained for all the years that he had been in the service," she said. "He had always been a commander and he felt that battalion commander was the complement to the rank of lieutenant colonel."

Mrs. Barnes added that her husband was very dedicated to the Army and felt very strongly that it was necessary to be in Vietnam.

"I know that my husband was happy in his job and that he died happy in that sense," she said. "He believed that what he was doing was right."

Lt. Col. Barnes began his service career at Ft. Benning, Ga., in 1949, after receiving his commission as a second lieutenant upon graduating in 1948 from Howard University in Washington, where he had been a member of the Army ROTC.

In June 1950, he accompanied the first contingent of American troops into Korea and in the ensuing year participated in five major campaigns as platoon leader and rifle company commander. During the conflict he received seven citations which included the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart and the Korean Presidential Citation.

Upon returning to the United States in June 1951, Lt. Col. Barnes spent two years with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C., and two years in the 1st Army area, which includes New York and the New England states.

After completion of the infantry officers' advanced course in 1955, Lt. Col. Barnes was attached to the 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Riley, Kan., where he was a rifle company  commander.

The unit was sent to Europe for a three-year tour of duty which was cut short for Lt. Col. Barnes when he was injured in an auto accident in 1956.

He was brought back to the United States  and spent the next nine months in an Army hospital in Valley Forge, Pa.

The 42-year-old soldier was station commander n the Army Personnel Center at Ft. Dix for three years before returning to Europe for a four-year tour of duty during which he was promoted  to major in 1962.

In 1964, he became an assistant professor of military science at Virginia State College, Petersburg, Va., and headed that department at Norfolk State College, Norfolk, Va., in 1965.

LTC Barnes is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

   
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