Army Capt. Barnes’ story will con­tinue to be told

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

I am thank­ful for your cov­er­age of White­hall High School’s recog­ni­tion of MIA vet­eran Charles Barnes at the Sept. 6 foot­ball game. Notable in the story was Jon Wie­and, an­other lo­cal vet­eran, whose wish was a story like Charles Barnes’ be­comes class­room con­ver­sa­tion.

I can as­sure him it has, for years. Charles Barnes, known in my fam­ily as “Sonny,” was my un­cle.

As a teacher in the North­ern Le­high School District for 13 years, I have had a POW-MIA flag hanging on the wall since day one. It has al­ways be­come a great con­ver­sa­tion starter, so kids learn what that flag means.

I tell the story of how my Un­cle Sonny’s par­tial re­mains were found shortly af­ter my dad’s (his brother) death in 2011. Paul Car­pen­ter, for­mer Morn­ing Call colum­nist, detailed the re­search done by lo­cal his­to­rian Lewis Sch­midt, which aided in the lo­cat­ing of the plane wreck.

It is com­fort­ing to know that my un­cle came home, and I am thank­ful for Wie­and, Bob Hart­man (White­hall ath­letic direc­tor) and the district for hon­or­ing my un­cle and other veter­ans.

Christo­pher Barnes Hei­del­berg Town­ship

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