Allen Roy BarnesSpecialist Four
A BTRY, 2ND BN, 13TH ARTILLERY, 2 FIELD FORCE
Army of the United States
26 February 1947 - 13 May 1968
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Specialist 4th Class Allen Roy Barnes was a 32K20, Tactical Wire Operations Specialist, attached to A Battery 2/13 Artillery. In our battalion the commo guys always worked with one of the gun crews during fire missions. The gun crews relied totally on land line wires to receive firing data from the Fire Direction Center. Commo wire ran all over the battery area.
Robert Newcombe of B Battery explains that if "Charlie" dropped a couple of mortar rounds in the battery area it was just a matter of time before someone's commo wire got cut. The commo guys would have to scamper through the incoming rounds trying to repair the cut wire. The commo guys acted independently whenever these breaks occurred. We assume Allen Barnes did, too.
Allen Barnes enlisted in the Army, and started his service with A Battery on February 1, 1968. On May 13, 1968 Allen was wounded at a fire support base during a mortar attack and died from the injuries. He was one of several Red Dragon Clan casualties who were commo men. We cannoneers never looked on them as commo men, but as fellow gun bunnies. Whenever a fire mission was in progress all available personnel became cannoneers, from the commo men to the motor pool men to the ammo men to the fire direction center men.
Rest in Peace, Specialist Barnes. You are remembered by the Red Dragon Clan for your selfless devotion to the guys in the unit.
From a unit veteran,
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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