Charles Yi Barnett
Bel Air, Maryland
November 20, 2008
Died of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Tallil, Iraq.
Pvt. Charles Yi Barnett of Bel Air, Maryland was from a family whose service to the the country was a family heritage. His father was an Army staff sergeant, as was his grandfather whom Charles was named after. His brother Jason is in the Air Force, stationed at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming. His mother was from Seoul and his parents met when his father was stationed in South Korea. And Charles wanted to help those who couldn't help themselves especially since he came from a long line of military servicemen. So he enlisted in the United States Army, just as his father and grandfather had. He was the kind of son that any father could be proud of and was a caring son and brother who had many friends, especially in Sykesville, Maryland where he was raised by his mother and spent most of his life. Charles was also a talented artist who loved to draw, including comic book-type characters and superheroes, as well as self-portraits and abstract portraits of friends, although he had no formal training. He also loved to play video games. In Iraq, among other duties, he was assigned to clear roads of mines and other explosive devices so fellow troops and Iraqi civilians had safe passage. Charles died at age 19 of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident in Tallil, Iraq.
|From The Baltimore Sun baltimoresun.com
Bel Air teen killed after year in Iraq
|U.S., Md. flags to fly at half-staff Saturday
Originally published November 26, 2008
By Staff Reports
The United States and Maryland State flags are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Saturday.
Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered the flags be lowered in memory of U.S. Army Pvt. Charles Yi Barnett of Bel Air, who died on Nov. 20 in Tallil, Iraq, while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
JON S. CORZINE
For Immediate Release:For More Information:Date: December 1, 2008Robert Corrales
TRENTON – In honor of United States Army Private Charles Yi Barnett, Governor Jon S. Corzine today signed the following Executive Order calling for the United States and New Jersey flags to fly at half-staff on Wednesday, December 3, 2008.
|Private Charles Yi Barnett
E 2/12 Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division
Posted to the Patriot Guard Website
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
- Moina Micheals - 1918
"We Shall Keep the Faith"
Inspired by the poem "In Flanders Field"
"To share often and much...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Some people’s lives can truly make a difference however long or short their lives on earth. They give the gifts of kindness and of caring. They sow the seeds of friendship and self-worth. Some people’s lives are beautiful examples of putting others first, and when they are gone, the lives of those they touched are so much richer, and the love they shared lives on and on.”
Read at the Funeral service 11-29-2008
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now,soldier.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime.
When the bills just got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord.
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now,soldier
you’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets;
you’ve done your time in Hell."
Paul E. Babb Sr.
12th Cavalry Regiment
4th Brigade Combat Team
1st Cavalry Division
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