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It is with a heavy heart that I report that LCpl Matthew R. Barnes, while serving with 2/6 in Iraq was killed in combat when his Humvee was crashed into with a car loaded with explosives. LCpl Barnes grew up and enlisted in the Corps in West Monroe, Louisiana. LCpl Barnes was a true warrior and was proud to serve his God, Country and Corps.
I had received an email from him on the morning of 2/14/06 (Valentines Day). His emails always started with OOORAH as the subject. I answered his email immediately only to find out later that day that he had been killed in action.
Lance Corporal Barnes received a Hero’s burial in his home town with full honors.
As a Retired Marine Gunnery Sergeant (63-83, Nam 65-66, recalled to active duty in Feb90 for Desert Storm) I am so very proud of today’s Marines like LCpl Barnes, the finest of days gone by are well represented by today’s MARINES. The Esprit d’ Corps still runs through all who wear the Marine Uniform.
Also a member of Gideon’s International, I am proud to say that over 200 Bibles were donated in LCpl Barnes Honor/Memory. Placed in a Hotel/Motel somewhere in the traffic lanes of life, these Bibles have the potential of touching over 400,000 lives, so LCpl Barnes testimony as a Christian Warrior will continue for many years to come.
Sgt Grit, as a fellow Marine of your era, I just want to thank you for your forum for Marines to speak. I use and wear many items from your catalog and look forward to your newsletters (I stop all activity until each one is read to the end).
Semper Fi, GySgt Donald R. Price, USMC Retired