Marnie Ray Barton
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12/28/1943 – 1946
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Private First Class
Marnie Barton was a Texas native; he was drafted into the Marine Corps in December, 1943. He trained at MCRD San Diego before being assigned to the First Guard Company, Naval Ammunition Depot in Oahu. Until April 1945, Barton would pass a relatively quiet time at the depot and earn a promotion to Private First Class; however, following a hospitalization for an unknown ailment, he found himself transferred to a combat unit. Beginning in the summer of 1945, “MR” was taught the trade of a mortarman, operating a 60mm mortar with Company C, First Battalion, 24th Marines.
Though he doubtless expected to invade Japan, Barton never saw combat against the Emperor’s soldiers. The war ended while he was training at Camp Maui, and Barton served out the rest of his enlistment as a prison guard at Camp Pendleton, California.
After his discharge, MR returned to Lubbock and enrolled at Texas Tech University.
He married Readean Scott in 1947, and raised a family while working for a seed distributor; Barton eventually became a land conservation contractor, active in the NRA and the Masons. Together with his wife, he raised two daughters and was a proud grandfather four times over by the time of his death in 2002.
MR Barton is buried in Anton Cemetery, Hockley County, Texas.