In Memory of
Navy GM 1C
Charles Henry Barnard
Wagner, South Dakota
Charles Mix County
July 13, 1915 -- May 4, 1945
Killed in Action off the Coast of Okinawa Aboard USS Morrison

Charles Henry Barnard

Charles Henry Barnard was born on July 13th, 1915, to William Berdett Barnard and Anna Lienau Barnard. Charles had one sister, Velma. Charles was born and raised on a family farm in Charles Mix County, Wagner, South Dakota. Charles was a country boy at heart and loved his country life. He had a riding horse named Buck, which he raised from a colt and broke to ride, and it was his pride and joy,

Navy GM 1C Barnard enlisted in the Navy on February 19, 1942. He was stationed at U.S. Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Chicago, Illinois. Prior to the Pacific, he served in the Asiatic campaign. Navy GM 1C Charles H. Barnard was serving on the USS Morrison off the northern coast of Okinawa on May 5, 1945, when his ship was hit by aerial attack consisting of numerous enemy suicide Japanese planes and sunken. A letter received by his parents a year after the initial telegram stated in part:

The Morrison was hit by at least four bomb-carrying planes. As a result, her number one boiler
exploded, the forward stack disintegrated, the forward fireroom was opened to the sea, the
mast was stripped, the plotting room radio central, and after part of the bridge were shattered,
and a serious fire started in the vicinity of the missing forward stack. Word was passed from the
bridge to abandon ship, but few communication circuits remained intact....

A casket was brought home by Navy personnel and buried in the ZCBJ cemetery outside of Wagner. This was a year after the Navy reported him missing in action. He was confirmed dead on May 5, 1946, one year after the attack on the ship. Navy GM 1C Barnard was bestowed with honors such as the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Purple Heart.

I will remember the service and the sacrifice of Charles Henry Barnard.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Amber R. Verhulst, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, November 3, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by Mrs. Alice J. Kafka, Dante, SD, cousin, Kathleen Engel, and Robert Fitzgerald, niece and nephew of Navy Seaman Charles Barnard.