|Verdi Beethoven Barnes|
|Born||May 11, 1907|
|Died||January 24, 1980(aged 72)|
|Place of birth||California|
|Place of death||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
World War II|
Biography[edit | edit source]
Verdi Beethoven Barnes was born 11 May 1907 in California but grew up in Arizona. In 1928 he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. In 1942 during World War II he participated in the Allied landing in North Africa as commander of a field artillery battalion of the 1st Infantry Division.
Barnes served as a teacher at the at the National War College before being sent to Korea in 1951 as commander of the 3rd Infantry Division's artillery. A year later he returned to Washington as deputy commander of the United States Army War College.
He retired in 1971 and died of cardiac arrest 24 January 1980 at a hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery where his grave can be found in section 11, site 75-2. When his wife Jean died 14 April 1995 she was buried with him.
Unit[edit | edit source]
- 7 January 1945: Chief of Staff, 1st Infantry Division
Awards[edit | edit source]
His military decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal and the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters.
- Army Distinguished Service Medal
- Legion of Merit with 3 oak leaf clusters
- Bronze Star Medal
- Army Commendation Medal
- Knight of the Legion of Honour
- Croix de Guerre (1939-1945) with palm and gold star
- Order of the Phoenix
- Order of Military Merit 2nd Class with gold star
- Czechoslovak War Cross 1939–1945
- Order "For Merit to the Fatherland"
References[edit | edit source]
- "Ralph James, Rear Admiral, Is Dead at 87". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/08/obituaries/ralph-james-rear-admiral-is-dead-at-87.html.
- "Verdi B. Barnes". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35022287. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
- "Verdi B. Barnes". Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34999086. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
- "Verdi B. Barnes". Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=101280. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
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