Barnes, Robert (May 2, 1948 - June 7, 1968)

Services pending for Sp-4

Robert Barnes

Douglas Budget - June 13, 1968

Funeral services are pending for Army Sp-4 Robert Barnes, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Birdsall of Douglas, who was killed June 7 in Vietnam when the vehicle in which he was a passenger hit a land mine.

A full military funeral is being planned, with the exception of pallbearers who have been selected from among Robert's close friends in Casper.

Lt. Lands called the family Wednesday from Fort Carson, Colorado to say he would arrive in the evening to assist in making funeral arrangements, and would remain there as long as his services were needed.

Young Barnes, recently announced as recipient of the Silver Star for unusually heroic action in combat, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Barnes of Casper. A 1966 graduate of Natron County High School, he had been in the service 13 months, and had served in Vietnam since January 1.

Services will be held at the Methodist Church in Casper, and date and time will be announced as soon as funeral arrangements are completed.

Mr. Birdsall said the sad news was received by the family in Casper Sunday evening. The Birdsalls' were visiting the Barnes when the lieutenant from Fort Carson arrived by plane in Casper to report Robert's death.

Robert recently had received three promotions in rank, and since June 1 was working in Army Pharmacy at a base hospital.

Born May 2, 1948 in Douglas, he moved with his parents to Casper in 1957. Prior to entering the service, he attended Casper College for one year.

Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lloyd (Peggy) Jones of Casper; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Birdsall, Douglas, and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Barnes, Gillette.

Robert's uncle, Major Robert D. Roe, now serving in Vietnam, is unable to obtain a release from his assignment to accompany the body back to Casper.

Mrs. Roe and children were scheduled to arrive Wednesday afternoon in Casper. They will visit in Douglas later.

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