Monette veteran honored

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Eddie Joe Barker (left), with the Vetearns Helping Veterans of NEA, presented World War II veteran Claude Earl Barnett, Sr. a plaque and statue honoring him for his service. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Monette World War II Veteran Claude Earl Barnett, Sr. was honored for his military service. He was presented a framed plaque and a bronze statue by veteran Eddie Joe Barker on behalf of the Veterans Helping Veterans of Northeast Arkansas.

Veterans Helping Veterans of NEA is a non-profit organization with a mission to help veterans in a variety of ways including paper work for benefits, daily needs and more.

Barnett, a longtime native of Monette, served in the U.S. Navy from January 1944 to October 1945.

Barker read the plaque as he presented it to Mr. Barnett.

To: Yeoman Claude Earl Barnett Sr.

U.S. Navy: Jan. 1944 to Oct. 1945. A WWII Era and Cold War Veteran who served with Honor and Distinction at a critical time during our Nation's History as a Seaman 1st Class at a Naval Base in Seattle, Washington. His service reflects great credit upon himself, the United States Navy, his Community and the United States of America. “Semper Fortis – Always Powerful & Courageous.”

“I am proud to present this to you, and I am proud to be here,” Barker said. “Thank you for your service.”

Barnett was also made an honorary member of the Veterans Helping Veterans of NEA.

Following his service in the military, Barnett served his community for over 70 years as a businessman, firefighter, and volunteer where he was needed.

He and his wife, Glendeen, married in 1946.

They are BIC Mustang fans and enjoy attending basketball games.

Barnett was also inducted into the BIC Veteran's Hall of Fame, sponsored by BIC EAST, in November.

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