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LCPL Barton Edward Haynes

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LCPL Barton Edward Haynes

  • Birth 19 Jul 1948 Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 22 Oct 1967 Quang Tri, Vietnam
  • Burial Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
  • Plot Plot J-0-1605
  • Memorial ID 8174579

Barton Edward Haynes
Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps
L CO, 3RD BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV

As a teenager, Bart and several of his friends were members of a local Freehold, New Jersey rock band, The Castiles. In 1965, a fifteen year old guitarist named Bruce Springsteen joined their group. The band became popular as they played around central New Jersey.

In April of 1966, Bart left the band, quit school, and joined the Marines. A year later, he was sent to serve in Vietnam. On his last visit home, he told friends and family members that he felt he wouldn't return alive.

On October 22, 1967, the premonition came true when Bart was killed by mortar fire in Quang Tri Province in Vietnam. He was the first soldier from Freehold, New Jersey to die in the Vietnam War. He was buried on November 3, 1967 at the Beverly National Cemetery.

Years later, Springsteen often spoke of Bart in concert and interviews. In a 1996 interview in Newsweek, he stated, "The drummer I had then, Bart Haynes, and this fellow Walter Shoeshone, they both died in Vietnam when we were in our teens. I can still see them in their uniforms. Those are very powerful images... It still finds its way into my work."

Bart's name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is located on Panel 28E Line 049.


  • Created by: Evening Blues
  • Added: 11 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8174579
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LCPL Barton Edward Haynes (19 Jul 1948–22 Oct 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8174579, citing Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Evening Blues (contributor 46587085) .