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419 Yoakum Ct
Pensacola, FL 32505
Phone: 850-438-6235
Fax: 850-438-5758
Captain Barney Barendse, USN (RET)

Captain Barney Robert Barendse, USN (RET)

Thursday, August 20th, 1953 - Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
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Captain BARENDSE was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, grew up in Bradenton, Florida and
enlisted in the United States Navy 13 May 1973.

He reported to the United States Navy Boot Camp in Orlando, Florida in August 1973. Upon
completion he reported to Hospital Corps School, Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. Upon
completion of Hospital Corps School he reported to Balboa Naval Hospital for duty as a general duty staff
corpsman in January 1974. He reported to the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute for Aerospace Medical
Technician School in January 1975. Upon completion of school, he reported to the Naval Air Station,
Jacksonville, Florida for Search and Rescue duty. Completing his active duty obligation in August 1977,
he was released from active duty. Reporting to USNR Unit Fleet Logistic Squadron Five Eight (VR58),
he flew aircrew as a DC-9B NATOPS Flight Attendant Instructor.

Captain BARENDSE was commissioned in 1982 following graduation from the University of North
Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Following Officer Indoctrination School, he reported to
the Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a staff nurse.

An overseas assignment in January 1986 to the Branch Naval Hospital, Naval Air Station, Sigonella,
Sicily, Italy as the Officer in Charge and Charge Nurse of the Flight Line Clinic was his next assignment.
Following this assignment, Captain BARENDSE was assigned to the First Medical Battalion, First Force
Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, California as the Director of Professional Services. During this
assignment Captain BARENDSE was deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 18 August 1990 to 22
March 1991 in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm as Commanding Officer of ECHO Surgical
Support Company. During this deployment his company relocated three times in order to provide combat
medical support to the I Marine Expeditionary Force. His company received, stabilized, performed
surgical intervention and evacuated over 90% of the ground war casualties, including the first American
casualty and the first Iraqi Enemy Prisoners of War.

Captain BARENDSE attended the USMC Command and Staff College class FY92 and graduated 09
June 1993. He then reported to Headquarters, Marine Forces Pacific, as the Medical Plans/Intel Officer
until August 1995. He then reported to the I Marine Expeditionary Force Surgeons Office, Camp
Pendleton, CA until August 1999 as a Medical Plans/Intel Officer and served as the Naval Medicines'
Operational Nurse Corps Specialty Leader.

Captain BARENDSE reported as the Director, Operational Medical Training at the Naval Operational
Medicine Institute (NOMI), Pensacola FL OCT 99. He acquired a Masters of Education from University
of West FL. Dec 2000.

Captain BARENDSE deployed to the CENTCOM area of responsibility in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the MARCENT Combat Assessment Team from DEC 2001 to JUN 2002. Upon returning to NOMI from his deployment he was appointed the Director for Administration.

Captain BARENDSE was the Executive Officer of U.S. Naval Hospital, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and
Deputy, Joint Task Force Surgeon, Detention Operations, Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Following that tour he
took command at Naval Operational Medical Institute, on NAS Pensacola as the Commanding Officer
and retired after that tour.

Captain BARENDSE personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal
with two Gold stars. Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
with one Gold Star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, and the
Naval Reserve Meritorious Medal.
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    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 1:00pm
    Trahan Family Funeral Home
    419 Yoakum Court
    PENSACOLA, FL 32505
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    In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Wounded Warrior Project in his name.


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LCDR Alan Alfonso, USN(Ret.)

Posted at 02:49pm
I was privileged to work with and get to know Barney on two occasions in my career: as a young and inexperienced SAR Corpsman in my early days at Naval Hospital, Camp LeJeune, and later in my career as a more "seasoned" officer at NUMI (a detachment of NOMI), prior to both his and my retirement from the service. In all my dealings with him, Barney let me know directly and without any fluff whether I was "doing it right" or whether I needed to "rethink my actions." Never once in either of my roles with him, did I ever feel he was anything but attempting to guide me and set me up for greater success. I believe this is true of anyone lucky enough to have known and worked with him. I will remember his great concern for my well-being, his grace under pressure, and his selfless attention to his patients and his staff, both in laughter and in tears. Barney was a mentor, a leader, but most of all, a friend. Sailor, rest your oars.

Mark Bernier CAPT, MSC, USN (ret)

Posted at 11:15am
The world has lost a special guy — a good friend, an outstanding Naval Officer, a man of dignity and integrity, and a fellow golfer.
We began our commissioned Naval careers together over 40 years ago in Newport, RI. Our paths crossed many times over the years. We actually celebrated our selection to Captain together here in Pensacola. A special evening I’ll never forget.
In spite of years of personal health challenges Barney had an exemplary career. His perseverance was admired by all who knew him.
Fair winds and following seas Barney.

R. D. Boling, CDR, MSC, USN (ret)

Posted at 11:59am
Barney Barendse will forever remain etched in my memory as one of those "larger than life" influencers who left a positive, lasting impression on everyone privileged to make his acquaintance. I was honored to serve with him as an HM2 in Hawaii at MARFORPAC and later as a LT at NOMI Pensacola. He was generous to a fault, and kept a positive attitude even when he was going through tremendous challenges. A true American patriot and hero, he served our Nation and the Navy and Marine Corps team with unmatched Honor, Courage and Commitment! He was and will continue to be a source of inspiration. My most sincere prayers are extended to Fran and his family during this very trying time. Barney, I bid you the traditional Navy, "Fair Winds and Following Seas" as you sail through the gates of Eternity, my friend.

John Eckenrode

Posted at 01:20pm
I am so sorry to hear about Barney's passing. You and your family are my thoughts and prayers.

John and Judi Eckenrode

Art Zasadny

Posted at 08:48am
Barney was my Commanding Officer during Desert Storm and at Camp Pendleton, CA. I plan to attend the funeral. He was an exceptional human being and I will miss him terribly.

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