Roger C. Barnett
Roger C. Barnett is a mineral collector and micromounter in Simpsonville, South Carolina. He has been a subscriber to the Mineralogical Record since 1973.
Barnett spent most of his World War II tour of duty on board the U.S.S. Baltimore, a Navy heavy attack cruiser. As a quartermaster, he helped steer the 673-foot-long ship in many of the Pacific fleet's battles against the Japanese. The ship took part in 19 clashes with the Japanese during the war, blasting Japanese-held islands from offshore and keeping dive bombers and fighter planes at bay. In 1944 President Roosevelt toured the Pacific on board Barnett's ship, in a trip cloaked in secrecy to prevent enemy attack, before being dropped off in Alaska.
After leaving the Service in 1944, Barnett enrolled at the University of North Carolina. He married his wife Thelma in 1949, and has since retired from his jobs as a comptroller and accountant. In 2008, more than 60 years after the war, he got his first glimpse of the national World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., when he and more than 100 other area veterans took a day-long trip to the nation's capital on May 7.
CARY, N. (2008) Vet's ship took FDR on secret trip. Barnett to travel on Honor Flight. GreenvilleOnline.com, April 30.
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