Barnett, Paul Wayne, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 51K20, D Company, 554th Engineer Battalion
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dustin, OK
Last Address
Dustin, OK

Casualty Date
Jan 03, 1969
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Binh Duong (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Hillabee Cemetery - Hanna, Oklahoma
Wall/Plot Coordinates
35W 023

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
554th Engineer Battalion20th Engineer Brigade79th Engineer Group
  1968-1969, 51K20, D Company, 554th Engineer Battalion
  1968-1969, 51K20, 20th Engineer Brigade
  1968-1969, 51K20, 79th Engineer Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
SP4 Barnett was killed when the 554th Engineer Battalion mess hall was mined and exploded, killing 15.

Fifteen members of D Company, 554th Engineer Bn, died on 3 Jan 1969 when the battalion mess hall at Cu Chi was mined:

SP5 Ronald K. Bloom
SP5 Donald W. Brown
SP5 Moises A. Reyes
SP5 Michael J. Unsinn
SP5 Ted A. White
SP4 Paul W. Barnett
SP4 Glenn E. Case
SP4 Joseph P. Colasurdo
SP4 Eldridge M. Daniels
SP4 Jerry Dunlap
SP4 Patrick C. Golliher
SP4 Dennis J. Stanley
SP4 Waldon J. Swart
SP4 Gerhard W. Vanderford
SP4 Freddy T. Williams

Five and a half months later, on 21 May, elements of the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, and the ARVN 132nd Regional Force Company conducted a cordon and search operation of Giong Viec Hamlet located between Phuoc My and Cu Chi. ARVN soldiers promptly captured a VC squad leader who said there were 20 other VC in the hamlet. The RF Company and two platoons from Company B/1/5 made a sweep of the area, finding a number of Viet Cong dead and capturing six VC along with weapons, ammunition and equipment.

Among the POWs was a nurse who had previously worked for the 554th Engineer Battalion. The nurse was instrumental in the capture of 3 females employed at Cu Chi Base Camp who worked for the VC and were involved in the mining of the 554th Engineer Battalion mess hall.
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