The Purple Heart is more than an award. It’s a symbol of honor and a symbol of sacrifice.
“This is to certify that the President of the United States of America has awarded the Purple Heart to Sergeant Donald F. Barriner for wounds received in action in the Republic of Korea on 18 May of 1951,” said U.S. Army Capt. Victor Alexander.
In an emotional room full of family and friends, Sgt. Barriner tries to hold back tears as he receives on of the most respected awards in the U.S.Military. Barriner was wounded by missile fire during the Korean War more than 60 years ago.
“God has blessed us with Don being honored with this award that he served his country for,” said his wife Barbara Barriner.
“I’m fighting back tears if you want to know the truth,” said his son Kimothy Barriner. “I really am.”
Kimothy said his dad is a man of few words, but his story speaks volumes.
“I think they were captured, and he was a Prisoner of War. He was with the exchange they had with the Koreans, and he got out that way,” added his son.
Now, with Purple Heart on his jacket, and three children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchilden, his wife said that takes sacrifice too.
“A give and take, he gives I take,” chuckled his wife. “No, it’s a two-way street. It’s ups and downs. It’s not easy. You have to make it work. You have to love one another.”
Sgt. Barriner received another honor. Mayor Kip Holden declared May 6fh “Donald Barriner Day” here in the Capital City.