Doyle Clayton Barnes

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Doyle Clayton Barnes
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Doyle Clayton Barnes as a crewmember of the USS Langley
Born (1912-04-05)April 5, 1912
Oenaville, Texas
Died August 24, 1942(1942-08-24) (aged 30)
near Eastern Solomon Islands
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1933–1942
Rank Ensign
Unit Enterprise (CV-6)
Awards Navy Cross

Doyle Clayton Barnes (5 April 1912 – c. 24 August 1942) was an American naval aviator during World War II.

Navy career[edit]

Barnes was born in Oenaville, Texas. He enlisted in the Navy 20 October 1933 and was designated naval aviator 21 March 1942.

Awarded the Navy Cross[edit]

Ensign Barnes received the Navy Cross for his heroism during the Battle of Midway 4 June 1942, when he intercepted a flight of Japanese aircraft and downed two torpedo planes. Ensign Doyle was reported missing in action 24 August 1942, when his squadron, based on USS Enterprise (CV-6) engaged the enemy in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons.


The USS Doyle C. Barnes was named in his honor. She was launched 4 March 1944 by Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. D. C. Barnes, widow of Ensign Barnes; and commissioned 13 July 1944, Lieutenant Commander J. P. Ingle, USNR, in command.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.