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LCpl Douglas Wanner Barnitz
Birth: Feb. 15, 1949
Indianapolis
Marion County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jun. 4, 1969
Quang Tri, Vietnam

US Marine LCPL Douglas Wanner Barnitz, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Columbus, Ohio.

US Marine Lance Corporal Douglas Wanner Barnitz was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, LCPL Barnitz served our country until June 4th, 1969 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old and was not married. It was reported that he died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered. Doug was born on February 15th, 1949 in Indianapolis, Indiana. LCPL Barnitz is on panel 23W, line 061 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for one year.

On 02 June 1969 Recon Team "Flight Time" from D Company, 3rd Recon Battalion, was inserted on Hill 471 about a kilometer south of Khe Sanh. On the night of 03/04 June 1969 the team was attacked by an enemy force and requested both emergency extraction and immediate reinforcement. Communications with the team were lost at 0320. When the reactionary force arrived a little after 0400 they were too late ... the six members of "Flight Time" were dead. Five members of the team were in a small trench; the sixth, Cpl Buck, was approximately 10 meters further down the hillside. It was apparent from the state of the battle area that "Flight Time" had been overwhelmed in fierce hand-to-hand combat. The six team members were:

1stLt Michael M. O'Connor, Waterloo, IA
Cpl William A. Buck, Fayetteville, NC
Cpl William M. Wellman, New Carlisle, OH
LCpl Douglas W. Barnitz, Columbus, OH
Pfc Robert L. Pearcy, Big Bear Lake, CA
Pfc Harold A. Skaggs, Phoenix, AZ

He served with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Amphibious Forces, US Marine Corps, Vietnam.

He was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), The Purple Heart Medal, The National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal with One Gold Star, The Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Doug is my Uncle and I am always looking for other "Flight Time" families to correspond with. He was not just a "Marine", but an artist, a writer, and brother, son, and friend. 
 
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 Parents:
  Gerald Wanner Barnitz (1926 - 2000)
  Wanda J Leisure Barnitz (1927 - 2007)
 
Inscription:
KIA Vietnam
 
Note: Headstone Shared With Parents Gerald and Wanda Barnitz
 
Burial:
Union Cemetery
Columbus
Franklin County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 34, Lot 73, Space 3
 
Maintained by: Sara
Originally Created by: Travis Stephenson
Record added: Feb 05, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13241080
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Love you every day, my angel on my shoulder, Uncle Doug oxox.
- Sara
 Added: May. 26, 2015

- rw2009
 Added: May. 21, 2015

- Love Always, Renee
 Added: Mar. 30, 2015
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