|Birth: ||Aug. 29, 1946|
|Death: ||Nov. 22, 1968|
Quang Nam, Vietnam
George the son of Lawrence T. Barnes and Dorothy E. Barnes of Lakeville MI, enlisted in the US Marine Corps on March 8, 1966 in Detroit MI. He arrived in Vietnam on June 22, 1968 and was assigned for duty with Company E, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV (Rein) FMF. In mid-June, the 2d Battalion was assigned to the SLF and his unit was re-designated Company E, BLT 2/7, 9th MAB.
With the first days heavy confrontation with the NVA on Operation MEADE RIVER the Marines of the 2d Battalion pressed on with their attack on the attack. Moving south toward the La Huan village complex, Company E crossing a river were hit with heavy, accurate rifle and automatic weapons fire by enemy snipers as the Marines emerged from a treeline and reached the northern bank of the La Tho River. Within several minutes the Company had several men dead and a number were wounded, in open rice fields and under extremely accurate fire the Company had to fall back and take up defensive positions on the northern bank. Supporting arms against the enemy positions was requested but strikes on enemy targets weren't carried out until the Marines who volunteered crossed back to the southern side of the river under enemy fire and recovered some of the casualties who were not able withdraw and needed assistance. The second assault into "Horseshoe" cost five Marines and one Navy Corpsman their lives, twenty six additional men were wounded, one who would later die of his wounds in November.
One of the casualties was LCpl Barnes, he was killed in action as a result of hostile rifle fire.
Casualties: H&S Company
Attached to Company E
Leo Juan Miller
Casualties: Company E
George Lee Barnes
Ben Carlos Burge
David George Lengyel
Raymond McCumber Died of Wounds
Harold Dwight Miller
Paul Andrew Stein
Lawrence Thomas Barnes (1910 - 1977)
George Lee Barnes (1946 - 1968)
Michael R Barnes (1950 - 1969)*
Plot: Section A, Lot 34, Grave 3
Created by: Victor Vilionis
Record added: May 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70129183
Dearest brother of mine, I would of had a big birthday party for your 70th! Happy birthday in Heaven with dad and Mike. Forever young. A proud Marine you will always be. Miss you so!With lots of love, your little sis.|
Added: Aug. 28, 2016
Added: Dec. 22, 2015
47 years you gave your life for our country. How times change, but memories of my fun loving brother will always be with me. I'll see you on the other side. Love, your sis|
Added: Nov. 22, 2015
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