Barnes, Alfred, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1949 - 1969


Lieutenant Colonel

Three Overseas Service Bars

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

Casualty Date
May 12, 1969
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
25W 060/Section 46 Site 1341-B

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialNew Jersey Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1944, Basic Training (Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, PA), B
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
24th Infantry Division82nd Airborne DivisionFirst Army (1st Army)Infantry Officer Advanced Course
10th Infantry DivisionValley Forge General HospitalArmy GarrisonsUS Army Europe (USAREUR)
HQ, US Army Cadet CommandCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) Course198th Light Infantry Brigade5th Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment
23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1950-1951, 24th Infantry Division
  1951-1953, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1953-1955, First Army (1st Army)
  1955-1955, Infantry Officer Advanced Course
  1955-1956, 10th Infantry Division
  1956-1957, Valley Forge General Hospital
  1957-1960, Personnel Control (Confinement) Facility, Fort Dix, NJ
  1960-1964, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1964-1967, HQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1967-1968, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1968-1969, 198th Light Infantry Brigade
  1968-1969, HHC, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment
  1969-1969, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1969-1969, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1951 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of the Imjin River
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of Kapyong
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Howard UniversityVirginia State University
  1944-1948, Howard University
  1964-1966, Virginia State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

(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 in 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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