We have just learned of the passing of two of our finest warriors.
Ray Barnes passed away Tuesday, 23 August 2011. Ray was a career soldier who served two combat tours in Vietnam with the Blackhorse. Ray’s obituary can be found at Kerrville Funeral Home, Kerrville Texas. Services will be held on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 at 1000 hours.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the entire Barnes family at this time of great sorrow. We will miss him.
We are also deeply saddened by the passing of General Donn A. Starry, 41st Colonel of the Blackhorse. We will miss his wise counsel, friendship and his caring hand that he kept on the many thousands of soldiers he so dearly loved. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family.
Please read Mike Starry’s message to all posted below:
"Friends and family,
He fought the good fight
He finished the course,
He kept the faith.
II Timothy 4:7
Dad passed away peacefully in the company of friends and family early this morning.
We owe so many of you and many more a personal call as you have taken the time to express support and offer prayer especially in the last month or so. I regret the impersonal email, please know that the Starry family appreciates your friendship and all the blessings that come with that!. Have a long drive in front of us, need to get on the road, and we’re fighting off a Hurricane to boot…Dad’s timing was always impeccable!!!
I’ll be away from this email, but will make every effort to get info to all.
Best regards, Mike"
Message of condolence from Tom White, 52nd Colonel, Honorary Colonel of the Regiment and former Secretary of the Army:
"To the Blackhorse Family,
Today the Blackhorse Family,and our Nation lost a great Soldier. General (ret) Donn A. Starry, the 41st Colonel and battlefield leader of our Regiment made his passage to Fiddler’s Green. He was a man of broad talents and an incredible passion for the Profession of Arms. He was a prime architect of the modern post-Viet Nam Army; a leader and scholar who presided over the rebirth of our force, and his legacy has been shown clearly in the performance of Soldiers in Desert Storm and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He takes his place among the very best of his peers; with the likes of DePuy and Abrams. No one ever did the business of Soldiering better.
May God hold him gently in the palm of his hand and speed him along his way; his beloved Troopers who passed before, and his dear Letty, are waiting for him.
Honorary Colonel of the Regiment"
Message of condolence from General Gordon R. Sullivan, President of the Association of the United States Army:
"The Nation has lost one of our most courageous, selfless, perceptive and innovative Army leaders. His accomplishments are many and his legacy is found in the very being of countless American Soldiers. General Starry will be missed. Our sympathy is extended to the Starry family.
The Blackhorse Association will make every effort to keep you informed of service arrangements when available.