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THE TD AND DORIS BARNES FAMILY

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TD, Doris, daughters and grand daughter celebrating 50th wedding anniversary in Las Vegas in March 2005
50th Wedding Anniversary
March 2005, Las Vegas

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FAMILY ROOTS

Thornton (T.D.) Barnes
Born: Dalhart, Texas

Doris W. Barnes
Born: Eakly,Okla

OUR ARMY BRATS:

Deborah G.
Born: Carnegie, Okla

Tamera R
Born: El Paso, Texas

OUR GRAND BRATS

Jay C.
Born: Hobart, Okla

Heather R.
Born: Hobart, Okla

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Trace trace

Dustin3weeks Dustin

Trace A.
Born: Lawton, OK.
1998

Dustin A.
Born: Henderson, NV.
2003

Kynlee

Trace & Kynlee

Trac & Kynlee

Hayden

Kynlee
2007

Trace & Kynlee
2007

Trace & Kynlee
2007

Hayden
Born: Henderson, NV 2006

Dustin & Hayden

Jose

Heath

Dustin & Haden

Jose

Heath
Born 2012

Hayden & Dustin
Dustin and Hayden

Grand Kids

Jose

Great Grandkids - 2009

Jose 2010

PRECIOUS MEMORIES OF BEING MILITARY DEPENDANTS

Passport Photo During Deployment To Germany During Iron Curtain Crisis

Passport Photo

1961

TD's Dog Tag

Doris' Dog Tag

Debbie's Dog Tag

Tammy's Dog Tag

T.D.

Doris

Debbie

Tammy

Dog tags issued to Barnes dependants in Germany during Berlin Wall Crisis

TD in Korea

Doris Chev.

Ludwik's Castle Germany

Doris' Band

TD in Korea

Doris while TD was in Korea

Germany 1961

Doris' Band in Beatty 1964

Deployment of the 6/52d HAWK

DEPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE OF A MILITARY FAMILY
By: Doris W. Barnes

Early in 1961, the USSR was flexing its muscles in Berlin just prior to the construction of the Berlin Wall. The Soviets were also moving missiles and troops into Cuba. At the time, my husband was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas and involved in air defense missile ECM and ECCM with some secret "Agency" to whom he'd been "loaned." His battalion received deployment orders with the destination classified secret. According to rumors, some of the ADA units at Fort Bliss were being deployed to Key West, Florida to defend the United States from a USSR missile attack originating in Cuba. Other of the ADA battalions at Fort Bliss were supposedly being deployed to Leghorn, Italy for the defense of our European allies.

At the time, military dependants were restricted from accompanying service personnel overseas unless they could prove availability of off-post housing. While personnel in my husband's battalion were scrambling to establish living quarters in Italy, my husband had learned from his Agency associates that his unit was being deployed to the Czechoslovakia border in the Wurtzburg/Bamberg region of West Germany. With a bit of assistance from his "no-name" associates, my husband established an off-post residence near Bamberg and applied for concurrent dependant travel. As I recall, our two daughters and I were the only American military dependants onboard the USS Buckner when it set sail with my husband and his missile battalion.

Upon arrival at Bamberg, we managed to locate a small upstairs apartment in a small German village about 30 kilometers from my husband's missile unit. Though we were able to ship our automobile and household goods on the ship with us, they did not arrive at Bamberg until a couple weeks later. The day following our arrival, we moved into the apartment and my husband left to go to his unit with the intention of arranging for basic needs such as bedding, army cots, pots and pans, etc. until ours arrived. A couple hours later, the mess sergeant arrived with basic Army-issue bowls, serving trays, and some food. That is when I learned that the Soviets were acting up and my husband couldn't leave the missile battery until another battery was online to cover that sector of the world. I didn't see my husband for three weeks during which time our children and I lived in a foreign country, unable to speak the language, with no automobile or means of communicating with my husband except through unit personnel sent by him to check on us. During this time, the only thing I had to read was an international drivers manual that my husband had delivered to me. Needless to say, when I took the driver's test, I maxed that sucker.

FINALLY, I received word that my husband was getting some time off. My joy quickly turned to dismay when he roared in with a couple jeeps loaded with buddies that he'd brought with him for some home cooking. They'd brought chicken and various cooking ingredients from the mess hall, but no cooking utensils. Somehow, I managed to cook a chicken, make mashed potatoes, and gravy for the family and six guests, all of it cooked in a coffee pot on a coal-fired stove and served in OD-colored bowls and serving trays of the U.S. Army. Did I mention that at the time, I was only 22 years old with two children, ages 2 and 5?


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