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Lt General Earl Walter Barnes
Birth: Aug. 23, 1902
Dawes County
Nebraska, USA
Death: May 23, 1979, USA

Lieutenant General, U.S. Air Force

Earl Walter Barnes graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on 12 June 1925, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Service, U.S Army.

That September, Barnes entered Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, TX, and, a year later, he graduated from Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, TX. He then returned to Brooks Field as a Flying Instructor. In December 1926, he went to Fort Crockett, TX, for duty with the 60th Service Squadron. He was sent to Duncan Field, TX, in June 1927, as a Flying Instructor and, in August, was transferred to March field, CA, in that same capacity.

In December 1930, Barnes was assigned as Engineering Officer of the Seventh Observation Squadron at France Field, Panama Canal Zone. A year later, he moved to Albrook Field for duty with the 44th Observation Squadron. He transferred to Barksdale Field, LA, in December 1932; the following month he assumed command of the 55th Pursuit Squadron there.

He became a student at the Air Corps Tactical School at Maxwell Field, AL, in August 1935, and graduated the following June. A month later, he completed the Field Officers' Course at the Chemical Warfare School, Edgewood Arsenal, MD, and, in June 1937, graduated from the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He then returned to Maxwell Field as Acting Secretary, Air Corps Tactical School (with additional duties as Acting Officer-in-Charge of Library and Acting Officer-in-Charge of Book Department). A short time later, he became an Instructor in the Department of Air Tactics and Strategy, at the Tactical School.

Barnes joined the 31st Pursuit Group (Interceptor), at Selfridge Field, MI, in August 1940, as the Operations Officer and Intelligence Officer. The following January, he became Commanding Officer of the 52d Pursuit Group (Interceptor), at Selfridge. That June he became Commanding Officer of the 53d Pursuit Group (Interceptor) (later, 53d Fighter Group), at Dale Mabry Field, Tallahassee, FL; in January 1942, the unit moved to Howard Field, Panama Canal Zone. In July, he was appointed Executive Officer, 6th Fighter Command, at Albrook Field. That November the general was designated Assistant Commandant of the Air Defense Department, U.S. Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics, Orlando, FL.

He went to the South Pacific in August 1943 as Deputy Commander of the 13th Fighter Command at Espiritu Santo; the unit relocated to Guadalcanal in December. Barnes became Commanding General of the 13th Fighter Command in January 1944, and assumed command of the Thirteenth Air Force at Leyte, Philippine Islands, in October 1945. The following January, he was named Director of the Air Command and Staff School, Air University at Maxwell Field, AL; he became Commandant on 16 March 1946.

In 1949, Barnes was appointed Air Force representative of the Weapons Systems Evaluation Group, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC, and he later became Senior Air Force member, of the Military Studies and Evaluations Division, Weapons Systems Evaluation Group, in May 1952.

Transferred in April 1953 to the Tactical Air Command (TAC) at Langley Air Force Base, VA, Barnes was designated TAC's Deputy Commander. On 27 February 1956, he was appointed Chief of Staff of the Far East Command in Tokyo, Japan. On 20 June 1956, he took on additional duty as Chief of Staff of the United Nations Command, also in Tokyo. Barnes retired from active duty on 1 September 1957.

Lieutenant General Earl Walter Barnes was rated a Command Pilot and his military medals and awards include: Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Flying Cross; and Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Bio compiled by Charles A. Lewis
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  Ruth T Barnes (1904 - 1988)
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Arlington National Cemetery
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Thank you for your great service in preserving our country's freedom. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace knowing that you truly embodied the ideals of "Duty, Honor, Country."
- Charles A. Lewis
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