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Honoring Harvey C. Barnum, Jr, Medal of Honor Recipient

July 29, 2016 | By John Desselle, Naval History and Heritage Command Communication and Outreach Division
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Harvey C. "Barney" Barnum, Jr, is a retired United States Marine Corps officer who received the Medal of Honor for valor during the Vietnam War. After graduation from high school, he entered college and joined the Marine Corps? Platoon Leaders Class program. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Marine Reserve second lieutenant. In October 1968, Barnum returned to Vietnam where he served as Commanding Officer. While serving he received several medals including the Bronze Star with Combat "V" and Gold Star in lieu of a second award, the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat "V", the Purple Heart for wounds received, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Silver Star and later received The Navy Medal of Honor. Colonel Barnum retired from the Marine Corps after more than 27 years of services.

Upon retirement Colonel Barnum served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Reserve Affairs, a position he held almost seven years, from July 23, 2001 to January 20, 2008. Barnum currently serves on the Segs4Vets and on the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Advisory Board. He is now 76 years old and serving on the Board of Directors for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, the Americans in Wartime Museum.

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Secretary of the Navy Paul Nitze congratulates Medal of Honor Re
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Cpl. Patrick Iacunato and 1st Lt. Harvey C. "Barney" Barnum, Jr.
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Harvey C. Barney Barnum, Jr. & Marines at Fire Support Base Schilo_Operation Dewey Canyon, Vietnam on 27 January 1969. BIG PIC 3
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