Bareford, Lawrence Mark, FC2

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
FC-1102-MK 92 Fire Control System Technician
Last Rating/NEC Group
Fire Controlman
Primary Unit
1989-1990, FC-1102, USS Clark (FFG-11)
FC-Fire Controlman
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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1964
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Fredericksburg, VA
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jul 30, 2011
 
Location of Interment
Quantico National Cemetery - Quantico, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 27 Site 204


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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1984, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 0001
 Duty Stations
Advancement Schools and CoursesSchool Assignments - StaffUSS Stark (FFG-31)<B>US Army (USA)</b>
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), NAVSEASYSCOMUSS Clark (FFG-11)
  1984-1984, 00-0000, Basic Electronics and Electricity School (BE&E) Course
  1984-1985, FC-0001, (FC) Fire Controlman Technician A School
  1984-1985, (FC) Fire Controlman Technician A School
  1985-1986, FC-1102, (FC) Fire Controlman C School
  1986-1987, FC-1102, USS Stark (FFG-31)
  1987-1987, FC-1102, US Army (USA)
  1987-1989, FC-1102, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), NAVSEASYSCOM
  1989-1990, FC-1102, USS Clark (FFG-11)
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  1987-1987 USS Stark Incident (Iraq)2
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Reflections on PO2 Bareford's US Navy Service
 
 Reflections On My Service
 
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHO OR WHAT INFLUENCED YOUR DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY.
Lawrence Mark Bareford, FC2 - Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy.
According to Mark.s Mother in a news article; Joined the joined the Navy because of the "tremendous education" he would get. "It's quite an expensive bit of schooling," she said.
WHETHER YOU WERE IN THE SERVICE FOR SEVERAL YEARS OR AS A CAREER, PLEASE DESCRIBE THE DIRECTION OR PATH YOU TOOK. WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR LEAVING?
Lawrence Mark Bareford, FC2 - Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
Mark went to boot camp in Early 1984 in Great Lakes RTC. After boot camp he went moved to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center Side and took the self-paced course of Basic Electronics and Electricity, better known as B double E and then Fire Control Technician "A" School for 6 months Upon Graduations of "A" School and was Frocked to Petty Officer Third Class Fire Contolmen. He then received orders to MK 92 Fire Control System School in Dam Neck VA. He spent approximately 8 months in "C" School and then got orders to USS Stark FFG31 in 1985 in Mayport, Florida. Mark was spent approximately 1 years onboard the Stark before being seriously injured during the May 17, 1987 USS Stark Attack. Mark spent the next 2 years on shore duty recovering from his injuries. He returned to shipboard life in late 1989 onboard the USS Clark FFG-11 Till June 1990. After serving honorably he was discharged in 1990.
IF YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY MILITARY OPERATIONS, INCLUDING COMBAT, HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS, PLEASE DESCRIBE THOSE WHICH MADE A LASTING IMPACT ON YOU AND, IF LIFE-CHANGING, IN WHAT WAY?
Lawrence Mark Bareford, FC2 - If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Mark was in the Persian Gulf on the USS Stark. The USS Stark was a member of a US naval task force sent to the Persian Gulf to keep the Gulf open for shipping during the Iran-Iraq War. Stark was one of those ships providing Escort Duty for Kuwaiti Oil Tankers. On May 17, 1987 the deadly attach of USS Stark with a loss of life of 37 sailors killed and several severely injured. Mark was one of two men that were burned by the Iraqi Attack on the Stark with 2 Exocet missiles that was evacuated to Germany to the US.
The Second was when Mark returned the USS Clark FFG-11 in Philadelphia. PA in 1989 to 1990. This combat operations was the presidents war on drugs called the Counter Drug Operations/Caribbean 1985 (1985 - 1988).
OF ALL YOUR DUTY STATIONS OR ASSIGNMENTS, WHICH ONE DO YOU HAVE FONDEST MEMORIES OF AND WHY? WHICH WAS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Mark?s Mother related in article that Mark was very proud of the USS Stark and had taken his family on a tour of it in November of 1986, when they came to visit.

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FROM YOUR ENTIRE MILITARY SERVICE, DESCRIBE ANY MEMORIES YOU STILL REFLECT BACK ON TO THIS DAY.
The attached story of the USS Stark was a major incident in Mark's Life in the Navy and caused him many health issues. He did not like to discuss it because he did not feel like he did anything heroic. He was quoted in a newspaper article: Below

Mark Received the Purple Heart and was asked if he felt like a hero. He Answered. "No. I didn't do anything heroic. I just survived."

The following is his words about the incident in Sept 1987 to Navy Base at Dahlgren VA. Newspaper

Twenty-three-year-old Mark L. Bareford, USN, a Fire Control Technician Second Class, and one of the survivors of the USS Stark (FFG-3 1) incident, recounted his story about one evening in May in the Persian Gulf when an Iraqi warplane fired two missiles on the ship, killing 37 and wounding many others.

Bareford, related the events of that traumatic ordeal to On the Surface in an elusive interview. "I had always felt extremely safe onboard the Stark." he said. "In fact the week of the incident, I had spoken with my mother and told her there were no problems. I felt in my mind that nobody there in the Persian Gulf would pick on the U.S. We were in international waters and there were several other ships around the area, including USS Kittyhawk (CV-63). I didn't feel worried. "

But on 17 May at 21:12 , the first missile hit Stark. Bareford recalled that he, along with others who were in the lounge watching a movie, didn't realize it was a missile.

"The first missile didn't explode. There was a loud boom and a lot of water and smoke. I was very confused.

"There was no explosion-no fire. I thought something had gone wrong with the generator," he said.

Bareford explained that he hurriedly left the lounge to go to GQ station in the CIC to see what had happened.

"When I got outside the lounge, water and smoke were everywhere. I was standing at the bottom of the ladder to go up to the next deck when the second missile hit," he said.

"The second missile went down through the deck I was on, crossed it, and went into the ship's control berthing. Then I realized it indeed was a missile.
Petty Officer Wheeler, who was in the hospital with me, was at the top of the ladder and the ladder just blew out from under him. He fell through onto the deck I was on in the midst of all the wounded men," he said somberly.

At the point a thought crossed his mind- something he'd seen on the side of a milk carton: Stop. Drop and Roll!

"For some reason, that stupid milk carton popped into my mind." He said amusedly. ?So I stopped and rolled. I didn't think I was on fire, but the heat was so intense, like a huge oven. I held my breath for what must have been 45 seconds, until I could get outside for fresh air. But there was no fresh air.? He said.

Bareford Realized the severity of his burns while he was out on the boat deck and instinctively knew he needed help.

"I went back into the door and to Radio Control Central and they administered first-aid. I had shrapnel in my back. They covered me and kept me out of shock," he explained.

Bareford , in a hushed voice, said that there was no way to describe the ordeal. He Said. "There were terrible screams. I couldn't go back to help because I knew, if I died, I couldn't help that person and there would be two casualties. "

He compared the tragedy to a loss of one large family.

"There were approximately 200 on board and I felt I had lost one quarter of my family at one crack. We were all close. When you eat, sleep and work with people all the time, there is a strong bond there," he said with sadness and reminiscence.

How many were hurt, dead or alive, Bareford didn't know at the time.

"My thoughts were, 'How are they getting me out of here? I wonder how badly I 'm hurt?' I refused to look down at myself. I kept my hands across my chest. "

Mark was flown to Bahrain and was taken to an Air Force Base in Wiesbaden, Germany, because it was closest. He later was taken to Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio, 'Texas, for skin grafts and further treatment. He suffered flash burns on his eyes and was temporarily blinded, but his eyesight returned. He also received a hearing loss in one ear and second- and third-degree burns on his arms, legs, ear and face. He remained hospitalized for a month; and he did undergo therapy for long after.

"I have to wear a support stocking for a year and a half," he said. "My skin is thin; I can't take extreme temperature changes, and standing for long periods of time tires me easily," he said .

"I feel very sorry for the families of those men who lost their lives and I sometimes think someone must have been looking out for me." He Said.

Mark Received the Purple Heart and was asked if he felt like a hero. He Answered. "No. I didn't do anything heroic. I just survived."
WHAT PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF FROM YOUR MILITARY CAREER?
Lawrence Mark Bareford, FC2 - What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Mark Received the Purple Heart for injuries received during the USS Stark (FFG-31) attack
CAN YOU RECOUNT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT FROM YOUR SERVICE, WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN FUNNY AT THE TIME, BUT STILL MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Learning to Drive Stick left handed and drive on the right side of the road in Grand Cayman while on liberty, in a rent-a-car. Challenging is the best word to describe it.
WHAT PROFESSION DID YOU FOLLOW AFTER YOUR MILITARY SERVICE AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW? IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, WHAT IS YOUR PRESENT OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY?
Mark pursued teaching and was a reMARKable Elementary School teacher until his death. Love by all his students

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