Memorial Corner
O'Fallon, Illinois
May 2006
Bruce Michael Barnes
United States Army


Bruce Michael Barnes was born September 2, 1948 at Mitchell Field, New York, the
son of Mr. & Mrs. William C. Barnes.  His family would move to O’Fallon and live at
405 S. Augusta—his father was a civil service employee.  Bruce attended O’Fallon
Township High School, graduating with the Class of 1966.  For a time he worked at
Laclede Steel but was drafted into the Army through selective service during the
Vietnam War.  After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, he received further training
at Camp Polk, Louisiana.  His tour of duty began on April 17, 1969 as a helicopter
gunner with the First Air Cavalry.  About a month after arriving in Vietnam, he was hit
by hostile small arms ground fire in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam.  He died of his
wounds on August 12, 1969.

Bruce’s remains were recovered and he was buried with full military honors on
August 25, 1969 at Lakeview Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.  He was
survived by his parents, a grandmother and a brother, Gary.  His name is on the
Vietnam Wall.  

He gave his life that we might live free!

Memorial Corner Flag Raising 6 May 2006 sponsored by O'Fallon Woman's Club
biography and photo courtesy O’Fallon Historical Society
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