Mac Barnes

Mac Barnes receives his medal from Compatriot Travis McCloud.

Mac Barnes is a unique individual in the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter.  He is a retired First Sergeant from the United States Army, having served twenty-three years in the infantry.  After his army career he continued his work with the military in combat zones with a private contractor.  He now lives in Cadiz and works at a local factory.

Technically … Mac is not an actual member of the Sons of the American Revolution.  Because of the tragedy of slavery in the history of our land, we are unable to make any documentary connections to his ancestors before 1850.  His oldest record is on his mother’s side.  His maternal ancestors were owned by the William S. Hinton family in Pasquotank County, North Carolina.  All descendants of William S. Hinton’s grandfather are eligible for SAR membership, since the elder William Hinton was a known Patriot.  However, even though the slaves of a Patriot, no doubt, contributed to the American cause (albeit unwillingly), they are not eligible for SAR membership.

So, until we make a DNA breakthrough or find some other previously undiscovered document, Mac remains ineligible for bloodline membership.  But we’re not giving up hope!

Meanwhile, in 2014 the Compatriots of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter developed another strategy so that Mac, who is such an amazing American patriot, himself, and so desperately wanted to be a part of the SAR, could still take part in chapter life.  We created the membership level of “Associate” specifically for Mac.  Though he’s technically not a member, he is a welcomed “Associate” who is eligible to dress in uniform and take part in public ceremonies, events, and meetings.  He has been extremely active, loyal, and invaluable in this role.

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Honors and Awards

  • Veteran’s Appreciation Certificate and Challenge Coin (2014)
  • Medal for Heroism (2014)
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One Response to “Mac Barnes”

  1. Congratulations Mac. You’ve always been a hero to me old friend. We grew up together and followed the same path. I’m so proud of your accomplishments. I know how far you’ve traveled and the journey is not known to many. I’m honored to have traveled the road with you my friend. All the best First Sergeant! One of Norfolk’s finest (Park Place Always) Army Strong! Tony COL USA (r)

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