Harold Duane Barnhart

Harold Duane Barnhart,(19) , Commander USN (Ret.), 85, passed away on 12 March 2017.Born in Wagner, SD, on 22 December 1931, he was one of eight children. He graduated from Norfolk High School (Nebraska) in 1950, enlisted in the Navy attended the Naval Academy Prep School. As a midshipman at the Naval Academy, Duane was an avid sailor and long distance runner. He graduated in 1956 as a member of the 19th Company. Duane then attended flight training and certified in the A-4 Skyhawk (AKA "Scooter"). He served with A-4 squadrons aboard Bon Homme Richard, Constellation, Coral Sea and Ranger. This included three 7th Fleet deployments to Vietnam, where he flew over 200 combat missions. For his action in Vietnam, Duane received the Navy Commendation Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal, amongst others. For heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions on 18 September 1967, where he faced heavy enemy anti-aircraft artillery and surface-to-air missile defenses while making a dive bombing run on a bridge in the port city of Haiphong, North Vietnam. Following his return from combat duties, Duane met Minerva Arcilla at a 1969 Tailhook convention in Las Vegas. After a three-year courtship, they married on Treasure Island near San Francisco in March 1972. Duty locations included California, Washington state, Japan and the Philippines. Duane's last sea duty was aboard Enterprise, after which he retired from Pearl Harbor, HI, in December 1981. In 1983, following retirement, 11 years of marriage and at the age of 52, Duane and Minerva welcomed their only child, Gigi, into the world. Duane took great pride and joy in raising Gigi as a stay at home dad. He drove Gigi to and from school and other extra-curricular activities, including ballet and violin lessons, and he shared his joy of sailing, flying, skiing, surfing and hiking. An avid reader and debater, Duane was also an active member of the Toastmasters Club in Hawaii and the family sang in the church choir for 20 years. After living in Hawaii for 30 years, Duane and Minerva moved to Northern Virginia in 2009 to be closer to Gigi and Peter (son-in-law), who are both military officers. In 2012, they welcomed their first grandchild, Jonathan Rey. Duane loved and served God, country and his family. He displayed honor, courage and commitment in all aspects of his life, and will be remembered always.