VIETNAM - BARNES, THOMAS JACKSON JR

Barnes, Thomas Jackson

VIETNAM - BARNES, THOMAS JACKSON JR
BARNES, THOMAS JACKSON JR

Rank: Sergeant

Unit: Headquarters & Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 64B – Heavy Vehicle Driver

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 7-Mar-1947

Hometown: Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 17-Apr-1967

Start of tour: 26-Apr-1969

Incident date: 9-Jul-1969

Date of casualty: 9-Jul-1969

Age at death: 22

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Thomas Jackson Barnes Jr was killed while a passenger on a military vehicle on a military mission when a hostile force was encountered. / Passenger on 5 ton truck on convoy mission.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Five Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SGT Thomas Jackson Barnes Jr
SP4 Earl Lloyd Cook
SP5 John Bruce Cornwell
SGT Jimmie Charles Scrogum
1LT Carl Douglas Shirley

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XT 738 930

Place of interment: Youngers Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 21W 087 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)