#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Mary Debra Barnes


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Mary Debra Barnes.

Mary served in the Navy from 1984 to 2004 as Personnelman First Class. During that time she worked aboard the USS Samuel Gompers AD-37 and at the Personnel Support Detachment Naval Station Norfolk.

She also worked at Naval Reserve Centers in Nashville and Louisville and at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove. Mary was deployed twice, in 1984 and 1986.

For her service, Mary is the recipient of numerous awards including, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Following her retirement from the Navy in 2004, Mary went on to obtain her multiple degrees, including her master’s in 2012. During that time, she also worked for the Army.

Thank you for your service, Mary!

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Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.


Lyly Luhachack

Lyly Luhachack is a graduate student at New York University School of Medicine, with a focus in biochemistry. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


  1. Kenneth Wiseman    


    I notice that the graphic you used for this has a discrepancy. First, the tweet shows a Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor “V”. However, when you come to this link there is no V on the medal. Please check to ensure that the correct picture is used. Thanks.

    1. Kenneth Wiseman    

      I see it was fixed. Thanks!

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