BARNETT, ROBERT WARREN
RIP 5 September 2022
Name: Robert Warren Barnett
Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O4
Unit: 44 TFS Korat Airbase Thailand
Date of Birth: 12 October 1928
Home City of Record: Los Angeles CA
Date of Loss: 03 October 1967
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 210300 North 1065000 East
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Other Personnel in Incident:
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews. 2023
REMARKS: 730314 RELEASED BY DRV
Robert Barnett retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. He and
his wife Anita live in Arizona.
From - Sat May 13 18:03:29 2000
From: Bob Barnett
For anyone who might care..
Re: reprinting of an article in the Dallas Morning News by Mary Peachin..
There are some errors that cause me some embarrassment. I know Mary was very
touched by her visit to Ha Lo and upon her return she called me to show me
photos and tell me about it. She obviously must have assumed that I had
been locked up in Heartbreak for the whole time. and chained in irons.. It
is a grim place that would shock anyone.
However, except for a good part of one day in Heartbreak, I was in the
nobby green room for 5 or 6 days. Lost track. Got the usual initiation,
but not as bad as some, I guess. Was moved to to Little Vegas (Rivera,
Golden Nugget and then to Thunderbird. After just a month was moved to
Annex in Zoo with Digger Odell, Wayne Waddle and Jim Clements. Lived in
cell #10, Pool Hall with Dwight Sullivan for over a year.. Anyway, was at Zoo
until we all moved to Unity. So I didn't live five years in "this" small
cell. Lived in other small cells. No big deal. My airplane was hit 11
miles North of Hanoi, Bac Ninh, but ejected 17 mi NE of Haiphong.
I did spend part of 3 days and 2 nights running around. Was imprisoned
1989 days - left out 1000 days, probably a typo. Actually spent most of
my time with a least 1 - 4 cellmates and later on with up to 27 at Unity.
True about my back injuries, but I think I was just numb. Didn't know it
had been compressed until I came home and had X-Rays. True, was MIA for 2
1/2 years, etc. About stunk so bad.. I remember an "inspection" while in
#10 Pool Hall, Zoo. They opened door and wouldn't come in. Sully and I
wondered what their problem was. They had us go to well and throw some
buckets of water in cell. We must have smelled better after that. Most of
the rest of story fairly accurate, but can't remember me telling her all
that stuff. Anyway, as I said, I am a little embarassed and try to remain
invisible, as I did in jail.. Hard to do sometimes. About waning
nightmares..I have been lucky, my wife has more nightmares than I do.
I felt I needed to at least try to get it straight. I know Mary wanted to
make the article touching and I know the trip to Vietnam made a big
impression on her. At least my trip to Vietnam left an impression on me..
POW bracelets emotionally connect strangers, bring special meaning for Veterans Day
4, participated in a panel discussion about the Vietnam POW/MIA experience. ... POW's STORY: Bob Barnett describes his 5½ years in captivity.
05 September 2022
CC: another very sad day....
This morning, here on the West Coast, Suzanne Purcell called to announce that our dear friend - Bob Barnett - has made his final T.O. and has now joined our many other patriots and heroes.
Suzanne stated that Bob was surrounded at home in Tucson, AZ by many of his family members.
When the celebration of life plans for Bob are in place she will let us know. GBU Suzanne and the Barnett family.
CC: wish I'd seen this....
......to include with Bob Barnett's RIP announcement. Appropriate and applicable to the NAM POW's as time moves on....
Saturday, 24 September.
East Lawn Palms Mortuary and Cemetery.
5801 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
2:00PM inside seating.
Full Military Honors and F-16 flyover afterward.
Attendees will walk from Memorial to the grave site.
Immediate family will be seated.
There will be transport for any needing assistance.