Doie Barnes….American Hero!

Pictured above is Doris Barnes, Sargent, United States Marine Corp.

During World War II, joining the Marine Corps was not something you’d expect a young woman to do. In fact, according to an article at Marine Corp University, “American women in military uniform were rare at the beginning of World War II.  On 30 July, 1942, the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was established as part of the Marine Corps Reserve.  The mission of the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was to provide qualified women for duty at shore establishments of the Marine Corps, releasing men for combat duty.” Doris (or Doie as most call her) was one of those women.

According to that same article, “Women Marines were assigned to over 200 different jobs, including radio operator, photographer, parachute rigger, driver, aerial gunnery instructor, cook, baker, quartermaster, control tower operator, motion picture operator, auto mechanic, telegraph operator, cryptographer, laundry operator, post exchange (store) manager, stenographer and agriculturist.” Doie a long time ago told Susie that her job during the war was dispatching planes. To our minds, she is truly a hero and a fascinating part of the history of the United States Marine Corp, and our country.

I’m writing this blog today, because our Ocean City neighbor Doie was born on July 30th, 1921. Today is Doie Barnes’ 100th Birthday! Yes, during World War II, Doie was a young lady in her early 20s, and knowing the person she is today, I can only imagine the adventures she had back then…..and the tales she could tell! 16 years ago, when we bought the house next door, she was a young 84 year old, and today she’s a young 100 year old! She’s a regular at the daily Flag Raising Ceremony on the Ocean City Boardwalk, and a cherished member of American Legion Post 524. If the weather is right, you can see her taking her daily stroll around our neighborhood. Although, her hearing isn’t what it once was, and her knees could be better, she is still fast with a quip, and hearing she and her son-in-law Doc Anderson go back and forth is a joy.

At this morning’s Flag Raising Ceremony she was honored for her service during WWII and for her 100th birthday. It was an honor for Susie and I to be part of the group cheering her on as she was recognized by the Marine Corps League, the City of Ocean City, and Cape May County, and her Pennlyn Place friends and family! It’s truly an honor to live next door to this American Hero, and Susie and I are very happy to be able to wish Doie a very Happy Birthday, and hope that she lives many more years in good health

Happy Birthday Doie!!!

Some photos courtesy of Neen Raspa.

2 thoughts on “Doie Barnes….American Hero!

  1. Hi Frank and Susie!

    What a joy to read this posting about a grand lady of the Greatest Generation. It is so critically important to continue recognizing those who served during WW2. There are so few of these heroes left and it is a tragedy that so many have been forgotten and are alone. I am very glad indeed to learn that Sgt Barnes is your neighbor and is surrounded by her family and friends.

    As a Navy Officer, I had the privilege of serving for a time with the Marines and I can tell you that there are no finer warriors…anywhere. That Sgt Barnes served our country as a Marine during those most difficult times so long ago is a testament to her determination to play an active role in helping steer America’s course when doing so as a woman was anything but ordinary and easy. I am so glad she was recognized for this in such a splendid way. Might I ask that when you next see Sgt Barnes, please send her my heartiest congratulations, many thanks for her service, and a big “Bravo Zulu” from this Navy Commander.

    May I also ask your readers (especially those in or who have been in uniform) who may know of or have contact with a WW2 veteran, to spend some time with them, listen to the remarkable tales they have to tell, and make certain they know that, during their waning years, they are not alone.

    – Andy

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    • Thanks Andy… I will indeed pass along your Bravo Zulu to her! We were at a 100th Birthday party for Doie last night at the local American Legion Post, and it was great to see the big smile on her face as so many folks sang Happy Birthday to her! The camaraderie that these retired service members of the post show towards each other, no mater what service they were in, is so wonderful. I am envious that you had that during your years in the Navy and that you could go in any American Legion Post and feel that again. It is truly an incredible thing that will always be a part of your life! Take car my friend….Frank


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