Walter Frasier Barnes

United States Marine Corps
20 October 1946 - 30 April 1968
San Bernardino, California
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Walter Frasier Barnes

10 Aug 2001

"If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines."

Final verse, Marine Corps Hymn

From a friend,
Richard Varela
E-Mail address not available (10/06/2003)

07 Jun 2008

"Remembering Buddy"

Who was he you ask,
     and why the acclaim?
Was he a young star
     with a well known name?

Did he make news
     or discover some cure?
Was he a young genius,
     or exceedingly pure?

No, he was a son,
     a brother, and friend,
One whose young life
     would suddenly end.

He went into battle
     so far from his home.
A Marine called to serve,
     distant shores to roam.

He did nothing different
     than so many before.
He gave what he had,
     no less, and no more.

Yes, he was a friend
     a brother, a son.
His life interrupted
     before he'd begun.

To honor him now
     is to give his death cause.
To remember his name,
     is a form of applause.

He was our friend,
     our son, and our brother.
Our remembrance of him
     is like no other.

Someday in the future,
     our souls will ascend.
In heaven we'll embrace
     son, brother, and friend.

Written by his sister
Ginger Bivins
~ December 1994 ~

Buddy was a well-loved brother who is still missed after all these years. I wish my own children and grandchildren could have known him. His family is very proud of his sacrifice. We still have many fond memories of his short time with us and treasure them always. Each year on Memorial Day it has become my daughter's tradition to go through our album of letters to and from Buddy and remember. Sometimes remembering is all you can do. Thanks for the memories, Buddy.

This year on the 40th anniversary of his death, we traveled from St. Louis, MO to visit my mother and were at his graveside on Memorial Day 2008. My 5-year-old great-granddaughter was with us. She found a small yellow flower growing in the grass and placed it on his marker. It was a touching moment and was captured in pictures.

May we never forget those who died for our freedoms.

Ginger Bivins
Buddy's oldest sister
E-mail address is not available.

His great-niece placing a flower on his grave,
Memorial Day 2008.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Aug 2001
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