Barnes, Carl Ellis, WT2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1941-1942, WT-0000, USS Oahu (PR-6)
Service Years
1936 - 1944
WT-Water Tender
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bakersfield, CA
Last Address
Route 7, Box 161
Bakersfield, CA
(Parents~Claude Ellis & Annette Marie Barnes)

Casualty Date
Dec 14, 1944
Hostile, Died while Captured
Intentional Homicide
World War II
Location of Interment
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery - St. Louis, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 85, Site 14-66

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US Navy
  1940-1941, WT-0000, USS Oahu (PR-6)
  1941-1941, WT-0000, USS Wake (PR-3)
  1941-1942, WT-0000, USS Oahu (PR-6)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/China-Burma-India Theater
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Corrigedor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 09, 1936, Service Entry Date & Enlisted Serial Number 375-78-63
  Aug 07, 1940, Received on USS Oahu
  Feb 16, 1941, Promoted to Water Tender 2nd Class
  Jul 10, 1941, Transferred to USS Wake
  Nov 28, 1941, Transferred Back to USS Oahu
  Feb 14, 1952, Re-intern at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery1
  Sep 27, 2013, General Photos3
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Last Known Activity
Petty Officer Barnes was executed as a Prisoner of War in the Southwest Pacific Theatre:
Philippine Islands (Camp 510).
Following the military defeats in the Philippines, on 1 August 1942, 346 Prisoners of War still located in the Philippines were sent to Palawan Island for the purpose of constructing an airfield for the Japanese. Two years later, in September 1944, 159 American POWs were sent back to Manila because the Japanese thought that the 150 remaining survivors would be able to finish the airfield. Due to the ongoing presence of Allied aircraft in the area, on Thursday, 14 December 1944, the Japanese sighted an American convoy and mistakenly believed that it was bound for Palawan. As a result, the Japanese placed the prisoners in three air raid shelters, which were then ignited by Japanese soldiers using torches and grenades. Any men who escaped the wooden shelters were executed, although a small number did survive.
Carl Barnes was among the (at least) 139 American Prisoners of War executed by their Japanese captors at Puerta Princessa on the Island of Palawan, on December 14, 1944. That incident has come to be known as the "Palawan Massacre."
In 1952, the remains of 123 of those massacred at Palawan were transported to the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, and on 4 October 2003 a new marker was dedicated to honor the victims. Section 85, Site 14-66.
Carl listed Bakersfield, California as his Home of Record when he enlisted. Records indicate his address was on Route 7, Box 161.

WT2 Barnes served on Yangtze River Gunboats in China He first served on the USS Oahu until July of 1941 and then was transferred to the USS Wake. With Tensions Rising with Japan The navy ordered on 28 November 1941, Him most of the crew transferred to gunboats and ordered to sail to the Philippines. He was transferred back to the USS Oahu. Following a long and perilous voyage across the South China Sea, the gunboat, never designed for open sea operations, arrived at Manila Bay in the week before the attack on Pearl Harbor. When war began, the warship operated in and around Manila Bay and Cavite Navy Yard on inshore patrol and in support of U.S.-Filipino forces on Bataan until after the fall of that peninsula 8 April 1942, and then continued to operate about the island fortress of Corregidor until sunk by enemy gunfire 5 May. 

Name of Award
Prison of War Medal
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

Watertender Second Class Carl Ellis Barnes (NSN: 3757863), United States Navy, was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War. He was executed by his captors at Palawan on 14 December 1944.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Action Date: May 6, 1942 - December 14, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Water Tender 2nd Class
Division: Prisoner of War (Philippine Islands)
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