George Barnett (1859-1930)

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Life of Barnett Of Marines Full Of Hish Service ill eels Congressman on Country Road and Gets "ntre Into Life Sork Back In the late seventies of the sv century, before the building of tne first ship of the famous White Squadron, now only a glorious naval memory, a youth trudging home from school in a little Wisconsin village was met by the representative representative from his Congressional district "How would you like to go to the Naval Academy at Annapolis? the Representative asked. The boy never had thought of such a thing. But instantly there Bashed before his mind's eye a vision of a career of achievement and honor. Without hesitation he accepted the proffered appointment on the spot. Origin ot Barnett Such was the destiny which shaped the life of Maj-Oen. Maj-Oen. Maj-Oen. George Barnett. commandant of the United States Marine Corps during the World War, who was laid to rest last Wednesday in the section of Arlington National Cemetery reserved reserved for members of the Naval Aca '.emy class of 1881. The little Wisconsin vilage was Boscobel, where George Barnett was born on Dec. 9, 1859. At the Naval Academy Barnett had as classmates youths like himself who were to win distinction in the years to come the late Secretary of the Navy John W. Weeks; former U. S. Senator Senator Ovlngton E. Weller of Maryland. Maryland. Rear Admiral Henry Braid Wilson, who commanded the American American naval base at Brest during the World War, and Admiral Urlu of the Imperial Japanese Navy. After graduating from the Naval Academy. Barnett spent two years at sea as a cadet midshipman. On July 1, 1883, he was commissioned a second lieutenant In the Marine GONE TO REST MaJ. Gen. George Barnett Corps and was successively promoted to ranks of captain, major, lieutenant-colonel lieutenant-colonel lieutenant-colonel lieutenant-colonel and colonel, until in February, 1914, he attained the rank of Major-General Major-General Major-General Commandant of the Marine Corps. He continued as Marine Corps Commandant until 1920. On March 5. 1921. he was promoted to the rank of permanent major-general major-general major-general and was placed in command of the Department of the Pacific of the Marine Corps. He was retired on Dec. 9, 1923. Work in World War During his long career with the Marine Corps General Barnett spent 1fl VPfln it Mft hilt. iYm tiirrVi nnlnt of his life came when he found mmseu in command oi the Marine Corps at the outbreak of the World War. In this crucial nArlori Rarnotf mat revealed to the country as the right man tn the right place. His motto was "Smile and ken th inlt " And wherever marines are to be found todav vou a llkpio tn k ioiq me siory oi now Barnett went to President Wilson and told him that unless the marines were the first to fight be could not answer for the morale of the corps The marines, said Barnett to the President, President, always were the first to fight. And he had his way. Although General Barnett could not be on the fight.ng line in France, he was held responsible for the preparedness of the corps and much credit was given him for having having them in condition to render the country such signal service. On Advisory Council In addition to directing the corps he was during the war a member of the General Board of the Navy and of the Secretary of the Navy's Advisory Advisory Council, having much to do with the mapping of plans and the direction of policy In the winning of the war. For his services as wartime Ma rine Commandant, Prance honored him with the Legion of Honor and the United States gave him the Distinguished Service Medal. He also held the Cuban Campaign Medal, the Spanish Campaign Medal, the Western Indan Campaign Campaign Medal and the Victory Medal. During the years before the World War General Barnett saw service and fighting in almost every quarter of the globe. Wherever there was trouble Barnett was sent to China. Samoa, Cuba, Porto Rico, the Philippines Philippines and the Panama Canal zone. During the t me he was stationed in Samoa a meeting with Robert Louis Stevenson resulted In a lifelong friendship. While he was a lieutenant colonel he married Mrs. Basil Gordon of Baltimore on Jan. 11, 1908. One of Mrs. Gordon's daughters, M ss Anne H. Gordon, became the wife of Henry Suydam, Washington correspondent correspondent of The Eagle. following bis retirement from active active service General Barnett served as chairman of the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Red Cross until illness forced his retirement retirement last December. of

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle04 May 1930, SunPage 7

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)04 May 1930, SunPage 7
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