From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Harry Barnes, Jr. '53

Date of birth: February 8, 1930

Date of death: March 28, 1969

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


From the June 1969 issue of Shipmate:

Cdr. Harry G. Barnes Jr., USN, died 28 March at sea off the coast of Oceana, Va., as a result of injuries sustained in an aircraft accident while on a routine training flight. He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.

Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Cdr. Barnes attended Grinnell College and the University of Iowa before he was graduated from the Naval Academy and assigned to USS Mathews. Designated a naval aviator in 1955, he had duty with VF-174 at the Naval Station Cecil Field and with VT-23 at NAAS Kingsville, Texas.

In 1961 Cdr. Barnes reported to Perrin Air Force Base, Tex., as exchange officer with the USAF Air Defense Command. Following duty with Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla Ten, and with Headquarters Fifth Tactical Air Force, he earned a Master's degree in computer management from the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, Calif. On 21 March 1969 Cdr. Barnes reported to Fleet Composite Squadron 4 as executive officer.

He is survived by his widow Genevieve of 805 St. George Ct., Virginia Beach, Va., 23452; two sons Robert and Joseph; his daughter Elaine; his mother Mrs. Lillian G. Barnes of Sterling, Va., a sister Mrs. Sally Cobb, and his twin sister Mrs. Harriet Richards.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife passed away in 2014.

Class of 1953

Harry is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.