Charles De Mars Barnes
Colonel Charles de Mars Barnes was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 29 May 1942. His first duty assignment was as Second Lieutenant Platoon Leader, Company D, 86th Infantry Battalion, Camp Roberts, California. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Training Aid Officer, Camp Roberts; Promoted to Captain, 15 October1943, Volunteered for hazardous duty-Assigned to OSS on or about 15 October 43, shipped overseas w/ 213 men for OSS, on the New Mauritania. Assigned to Ninth Army, OSS Detachment for the landing. Landed at UTAH beach June, (date unknown). First objective, St Mere l’Eglise. From Maastricht, Holland, I was transferred w/ Col Lawrence B,, Shallcross, to OSS Det#13, Third Army. My first job was to work w/ French Col. Jean Rethore, to save the bridges into Metz. Prior to the Battle of the Bulge, I was assigned to Command our safe house in Ettleburk, Luxembourg, and work w/ the Luxembourg resistance. Made several reports to G-2, Eagle Tac. about impending German attack. On Dec. 15, 1944 based on my own intell. I w/drew to Luxembourg City. The German attack on the Ardennes began early Dec. 16, 1944. Performed various intelligence operations during the Bulge. After the Bulge was reduced, I was assigned to G-2 VIII Corps for the entry into Germany. Ran some minor intell. operations until Koblentz. On or about March 15, 1945, I inserted two agents into Koblentz at the request of G-2, Third Army. On the night of March 24, 1945, I crossed the Rhine ahead of the 87th Div. to retrieve two agents on the German side. Performed various intell operat, until the end of operations in Europe. Volunteered for operations in Siam (Viet Nam). Was returned to the States for additional training. Date unknown. Reported to OSS Headquarters in Washington for reassignment. Was transferred to the Office of the Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall. Date unknown. Served consecutively the following Chiefs of Staff: General George C. Marshall, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Omar Bradley, General J. Lawton Collins, and General Matthew Ridgeway. Served as CO for the Secretary of the Army’s, Reserve Unit. | His awards and decorations include: Silver Star, Croix de Querre w/ Silver Star, Army Commendation, and ETO Ribbon w/ Silver Star. | At the time of his induction, Colonel Barnes was serving as President, Orlintex Inc, Maitland, Florida.