It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmates,
Dan Barney, on 30 October 2020 in Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA.
Dan is survived by his wife, Pam; their son, Scott; their daughter, Elizabeth; and
grandchildren, Alexandra, Casandra, and Azaria.
be sent to Pam at 3 Pointe Place, Carlisle, PA 17013-2720.
In lieu of
flowers, donations in Dan's memory may be sent to St. John's Episcopal Church, 1A N. Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA
funeral will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, 23 November 2021, at the West Point
Cemetery. Those attending should meet NLT 9:30 AM at the Visitors Control
Center located in the West Point Visitors Center in Highland Falls.
Well done, Dan. Be thou at
Class Memorial Pages\K-1 Dan Barney.pdf
Assembly/Taps Memorial Article:
DANIEL G. BARNEY 1961
Cullum No. 23353-1961 | October
30, 2020 | Died in Harrisburg,
Cremated. Inurned at West Point Cemetery, NY
Daniel George Barney was born in East Chicago, IN. He excelled at academics,
applied to various engineering schools, and received an appointment to USMA
in 1957. His goal, he once told his children, was to get out of East Chicago
and go as far away as possible. USMA fit both his criteria, and it was free,
which mattered because his father became a disabled steelworker in an
industrial accident six months after returning to the States from World War
II. The elder Barney’s children became his troops. USMA was perfect, and,
though Dan didn’t realize at the time, it would end up being his life.
Dan departed for West Point in 1957 and was placed in Company K-1. He once
said, “I had my ups and downs at the Academy: I might be the only man in the
class with a turn-out star on my bathrobe and stars on my collar at
graduation.” He graduated in 1961, completed airborne training, and departed
for a tour at the DMZ in Korea, where he was first a platoon leader for
Company A, 8th Engineer Battalion and later the assistant division engineer
(and a valued member of his bowling team!).
Dan then attended graduate school and earned an M.S. in civil engineering at
the University of Illinois. After graduating, he married Pamela Ulery
(Goshen, IN) after a courtship of 10 months; she would remain his wife for
the next 56 years. Graduate school was followed by training at Fort Belvoir,
VA, after which Dan and Pam headed to France, where Dan assumed command of
Company B, 83rd Engineer Battalion. France withdrew from NATO in 1966, and
Dan and Pam moved to Germany, where their son Scott was born.
In June 1967, Dan became the area engineer, USAAAG III CTZ, in Bien Hoa,
Vietnam, while Pam and Scott moved to Indianapolis, IN for a year. He told
his family of helicopters repaired with duct tape, going to the hospital to
visit his brother Doug (a Marine injured in action), using bed pans to cook
lobsters that were mis-shipped due to some Army mix up, locating his aunt in
her Saigon apartment holding a rocket launcher during the Tet Offensive (it
was the only weapon left in her finance office), and finding out he had been
shot when he went to get a “bug bite” checked after it bothered him for four
days. Dan was put in for a Purple Heart but declined, stating, “How would I
deserve such an honor when I thought it was a bug bite?”
After returning from Vietnam, Dan joined USMA academia as a math instructor.
He was known as “One-Oh (1.0) Barney” to his struggling math students, as he
helped them stay proficient. While at the Academy for four years, their
daughter Elizabeth was born, and the family adventures began.
In 1972, Dan and his family left the United States for a two-year assignment
in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dan acted as the single point of contact for the
U.S., coordinating the construction to be done in the kingdom.
In 1974 Dan became the facility engineer for the New York Area Command in
In 1976, Dan went to the Command and General Staff College at Fort
In 1977, Dan took his family to Yongsan, Korea, where he became a facility
engineer, a career field he remained in for the rest of his time in the
Army. In addition to work, he coached the base soccer team.
In 1979, he moved with his family to Fort Rucker, AL to complete a
four-year stint as the facility engineer for the base. He continued his love
of soccer, both coaching and participating.
In 1983, the family moved to Heidelberg, Germany. Dan served as the chief of
facilities (Engineering Division), Office of Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineer
Headquarters, United States Army, Europe and Seventh Army. It was in Germany
that Dan was able to enjoy his love of old cars. It started with a 1964
Mercedes convertible 230 SL and graduated to a 1935 Alvis Saloon, which he
sold just a year before his death. Dan retired from the Army after 30 years
and one month. Dan and Pam stayed in Germany, where Dan worked for Lockheed
Martin and Pam took the sponsor lead working for DODDS.
In 1997, Dan and Pam returned to the U.S., having spent a total of 15 years
in Germany. The Barneys spent their retirement in Carlisle, PA. Dan
volunteered at the Carlisle Theater Board for six years, the Carlisle
Planning Commission for eight years, and as a volunteer tax preparer at
Carlisle Barracks for 16 years.
Dan and Pam continued to travel to the far ends of the earth, visiting
places they had not yet been, including Russia and Egypt (both places to
which Dan could never get a visa while in the Army). They also spent
retirement attending every USMA reunion possible. Dan put together many
trips for his K-1 Company.
Sadly, in the fall of 2020, Dan was in a freak accident that left him
paralyzed from the neck down, unable to breathe without the help of a
machine. His one concern when he was in the hospital was to ensure that his
wife, Pam, who had suffered a stroke the year prior, would be taken care of.
He is survived by his wife, Pam; his children, Scott and Liz; and his
grandchildren: Allie, Cassandra and Azaria.