William Hall Barnidge

Army Badge
  • Name: William "Bill" Hall Barnidge
  • Location of Birth: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 29, 1918
  • Date of Death: December 11, 1991
  • Parents: Edward Barnidge & Elsie (Sunstad) Barnidge
  • High School and Class: 1936 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota - Class of 1941
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Branch: ArmyAir Force
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  • Date Sworn In: May 28, 1943
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  • Date of Discharge: April 30, 1972
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: William Hall Barnidge
    Race: White
    Age: 22
    Birth Date: January 29, 1918
    Birth Place: St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: University of Minnesota student
    Weight: 150
    Height: 5-10
    Complexion: Light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Edward Everett Barnidge, father, Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota, USA

    Newspaper article - May 1945 – Flying over the cortege that followed the corpse of President Roosevelt up Pennsylvania avenue was a formation of about 40 P-47 fighter planes. One of the flyers in this group was Lt. Bill Barnidge of Coleraine, who has written home of his experience.

    Newspaper article - Nov 1945 – First Lieutenant Wm. Barnidge has been chosen as one of the Army Air Corps pilots to fly to South America on a good will tour. Bill has been stationed at Dover, Delaware and flew from there to Minneapolis last week in order to spend Thanksgiving here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Barnidge.

    Newspaper article - Mar 1946 – A press release was received from the Headquarters Panama Canal Department stating that First Lt. Wm. H. Barnidge, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Barnidge has arrived in Panama for duty with the Sixth Air Force. He has been assigned to the 2115th Service Unit (Aviation), Albrook Field, Canal Zone as a pilot and Military Police Officer. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Class of ’41. His wife, Helene Gloria Barnidge arrived in Panama the latter part of February.

    Bill retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force after 30 years of service.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II
    Korean War
    Vietnam War

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  • Civilian Life:
    Bill Barnidge married Helene Bowers in 1949 in North Carolina.

    William Barnidge died at home in Hillsborough, Florida under the care of Hospice of Hillsborough. He is survived by two sons, Bill E. and Robert H.; two daughters, Terrie Keller and Debbie Evans; and six grandchildren.

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