Ronald G. Barnes

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  • Sergeant
  • Served: August 1948 – August 1952
  • Korean War
  • Machine Gunner
  • Awarded Bronze Star

Sgt. Ronald G. Barnes of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, received the Bronze Star Medal in a special ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Paris Island, S. C. Ronald son of Sheriff and Mrs. Chester Barnes was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his “great skill and courage in the performance of his duties as a machine gun crewman” in Korea. Ronald’s twin brother, Donald, also a Marine, participated in the same campaign in Korea.

On December 10, 1950, Sgt. Barnes’ squad moved in to relieve a unit on the front during a heavy fire fight. The unit had difficulty in removing its wounded, and Sgt. Barnes advanced some 200 yards over fire swept terrain to assist in the removal of the wounded. The 11th Marines provided cover. This included Ronald’s twin brother, Donald.

Even though the enemy directed savage small arms and machine gun fire at him, the sergeant made repeated trips into the danger zone until all casualties had been removed to friendly lines, his citation read.