|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1945|
Palm Beach County
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 1965, Vietnam|
Cephas was the son of Cephas Sr. and Willie M. Barnes, deceased of Belle Glade FL who enlisted in the US Marine Corps on February 25, 1964 in Jacksonville FL. He was assigned to Company E, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 3d MARDIV (Rein) FMF for duty in Vietnam.
After the initial phase of the planned movement on December 10, during operation Harvest Moon, LtCol Utters Company E was dispatched south of their location to link up and with Company F 2d Battalion, 1st Marines who were pinned down by enemy fire and taking casualties. Both Marine rifle Company's engaged the enemy who were in well entrenched, fortified, and in concealed positions along a tree line which began at the base of Hill 407. The enemy force was equipped with 12.7mm machine guns, mortars and a variety of small arms which rained a heavy volume of fire on the attacking Marines. The battle continued until both units were able to withdraw with their casualties into a defensive perimeter that night.
The day had been costly for the Marines, four men were killed in action and two would later die of their wounds. Wounded and evacuated LCpl Barnes died as a result of missle wounds the following day.
James Patrick Brock
Vernon Thomas Carter Jr.
Richard Earl Chabot
Donald Eric Glickman
Cephas Barnes Jr. Died of Wounds
Richard Finisa Moody Died of Wounds
Cephas Barnes (1920 - 1994)
Port Mayaca Cemetery
Plot: Block 3, Lot 3
Created by: Victor Vilionis
Record added: Apr 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68751393