Joseph Fauntleroy Barnes
Colonel, United States Army
Joseph Fauntleroy Barnes, the son of Joseph Barnes and Harriet Chew, was born in Washington, D.C., on 15 September 1878. He was educated in the public school system and spent time at Emerson Institute and Columbia College. Before his entrance into the United States Military Academy, Barnes attended Bradenís Preparatory School.
Roy entered West Point on 19 June 1897 and graduated 17th in his class on 18 February 1901. After graduation, he was stationed at Fort Monroe, Virginia; Key West Barracks, Florida; Fort Snelling, Minnesota; and Fort McKinley, Philippines.
He left the Philippines in 1907 for San Francisco, where he was stationed until he to returned to West Point for a year as an instructor in the Department of Philosophy. Barnes made the rounds as an aide to Brigadier General Brush; a student at the Fort Sill School of Fire; and an inspector with the California Militia.
During World War I, he served by detail in the Adjutant Generalís Department in France and later commanded the 327th and 330th regiments of Field Artillery. He saw duty as a member of the General Staff in Washington, D.C.; as Chief of Staff of the American Forces in China; and as a post and regimental commander.
He retired as a colonel while a patient at
Walter Reed General Hospital and died at age 59, only days after his retirement.
He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery and his pallbearers were close
friends, members of the class of 1901.