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Dedham in Norfolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)

Vietnam War Memorial

John A. Barnes III

— Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient —

Vietnam War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, October 1, 2010
1. Vietnam War Memorial Marker
Inscription.  Dedicated to the men and women of Dedham who served their country with honor and Valor and the lasting memory of those who gave their lives during the Vietnam War.

PFC John A. Barnes III, U.S. Army 12 Nov. 1967, Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor
L.CPL Bernard F. Dutton Jr., U.S.M.C., 3 July 1968
Sp4 Angelo D. Larraga, U.S. Army, 9 Aug. 1970
1ST LT. Frank E. Litchfield, U.S. Army, 5 Aug 1969
PFC Neal R. Thalin, U.S.M.C., 2 June 1967
PFC Robert J. Todd, U.S.M.C., MI 2 May 1967
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
Location. 42° 14.994′ N, 71° 9.906′ W. Marker is in Dedham, Massachusetts, in Norfolk County. Memorial is on 86 Brookdale Ave (Cemetery address). The Memorial is located in Brookdale Cemetery near the entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dedham MA 02026, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dedham (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fairbanks House (approx. half a mile away); The Powder House

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(approx. 0.6 miles away); Dedham Boat Club (approx. 0.7 miles away); 54th Infantry - 55th Infantry - 5th Cavalry (approx. 2 miles away); Boston Civil War Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Boston Spanish American War Memorial (approx. 3.8 miles away); Rear Admiral John Ancrum Winslow Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dedham.
Additional keywords. The Memorial is located in Brookdale Cemetery, Dedham, MA
Vietnam War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, June 9, 2001
2. Vietnam War Memorial Marker
John A. Barnes III is buried in Brookdale Cemetery, Range 3, Lot 63V---MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION: *BARNES, JOHN ANDREW III (KILLED IN ACTION) Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry 173d Airborne Brigade. Place and date: Dak To, Republic of Vietnam, 12 November 1967. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Born: 16 April 1945, Boston, Mass. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Barnes distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while engaged in combat against hostile forces. Pfc. Barnes was serving as a grenadier when his unit was attacked by a North Vietnamese force, estimated to be a battalion. Upon seeing the crew of a machine gun team killed, Pfc. Barnes, without hesitation, dashed through the bullet swept area, manned the machine gun, and killed 9 enemy soldiers as they assaulted his position. While pausing just long enough to retrieve more ammunition, Pfc. Barnes observed an enemy grenade thrown into the midst of some severely wounded personnel close to his position. Realizing that the grenade could further injure or kill the majority of the wounded personnel, he sacrificed his life by throwing himself directly onto the hand grenade as it exploded. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his own safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, he averted a probable loss of life and injury to the wounded members of his unit. Pfc. Barnes' extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the cost of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Vietnam War Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, October 1, 2010
3. Vietnam War Memorial Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 550 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 11, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 3, 2023