State Senator Troy Balderson (R–Zanesville) today honored 91-year-old World War II Veteran, Lieutenant Colonel Lloyd “Whitey” Barnes, for his military service and volunteer work. Barnes served 24 years in the United States Air Force and continues to volunteer for many organizations in his community.
“Lieutenant Colonel Barnes has dedicated his entire life to serving others and is a well-respected member of his community because of his motivation and hard work,” said Balderson. “He is a true hometown hero. The amount of selfless acts this man performs on a daily basis is truly inspiring.”
Lieutenant Colonel Barnes signed up for the Air Force the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He flew 150 combat missions while serving on the 889th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, 13th Air Force. After his years in active duty, Barnes worked as an Air Force Recruiter. He became inspired to help others after an extended mission of 24 service members resulted in only four returning.

Barns has received several awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Silver Falcon Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Local American Red Cross’ Military Hero Award. He is also a member of the Muskingum County Veterans Hall of Fame.
An avid local volunteer, Barnes has given much of his time at the Stone Academy Museum, the Dr. Increase Matthews House, the Muskingum County chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Christ’s Table, Muskingum Behavioral Health and the Zanesville High School Bank Boosters. He has also volunteered at the Pioneer and Historical Society of Muskingum County and the Muskingum County Literacy Council. Barnes is currently and elder at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church where he has been active for more than 60 years. He has also served two terms as president.

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