BARNES, JULIA HERMINA, Second Lieutenant, # N-732832, U.S. Army Nursing Corps
Julia H. (Schmid) Barnes was born on 31 January 1915 in Neilsville, Clark Co., Wisconsin, to Rev. Herman G. Schmid (1883-1968) and Mary Louise (Hake) Schmid (1886-1951). Siblings included Helena Marie (Schmid) Froehlich (1911-1995) and Calvin Herman Schmid (1920-1997), USAAF (Yakota AAF, Japan). She graduated as valedictorian from Plymouth High School (1932). She graduated from Mission House College (1936). She attended nursing school at Washington University School of Nursing, St. Louis, Missouri. She was married to Lt. Alfred Kimball Barnes Jr. (1914-2006) (NE) of Denver, CO, on 15 September 1943 at Williams Field, Chandler, AZ. He retired 31 January 1969.
She was commissioned as a nurse on 22 April 1942 and trained at Williams Field, Chandler, AZ, Pecos AAF, Texas, and Camp Swift, Texas. She left for overseas (India) in April,1944 and was assigned to the 69th General Hospital, Ledo, India. On 4 March 1945, a C-47, # 18554, assigned to Air Transport Command, 3rd Combat Cargo Group, 11th Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Dinjan, India, on a passenger ferry mission to Ledo, India. On attempting to land, it made a low turn and crashed. All aboard were killed. She was a passenger on board. Her remains were recovered from the American military airfield cemetery at Kalaikunda, India, and buried in the Wildwood Cemetery, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, on 3 June 1948.
Her brother, Calvin H. Schmid, born 9 August 1920, was in the USAAF and the USAF, from 10 June 1943 to 31 January 1963. He died on 16 September 1997 and is buried in the McDill Cemetery, Whiting, Portage Co., Wisconsin.