In Memory
  Robert Russell Barnett
         WHEREAS, United States Air Force Captain Robert Russell
  Barnett is being laid to rest at the Texas State Cemetery on April
  7, 2017, the 51st anniversary of the day that he was killed in
  action during the Vietnam War; and
         WHEREAS, A member of the 8th Bomber Squadron, Captain
  Barnett was flying a classified mission when his aircraft was
  shot down over Laos in 1966; it was nearly 40 years before the
  United States military was able to locate the crash site and 50
  before his body was recovered; thanks to the dedicated and
  exhaustive work of those who took part in this effort, he is now
  able to be buried with full military honors in the state and
  country he loved; and
         WHEREAS, The son of Robert and Zelma Barnett, Russell
  Barnett was born on October 5, 1933, and raised in Gladewater; he
  graduated from Gladewater High School, where he played for the
  Bears football team; his skill on the gridiron earned him a
  football scholarship to Baylor University, and after completing
  his degree there, he enlisted in the United States Air Force;
  flying under the call sign "Bear," his nickname, he served 10
  years in the air force and was proud to be fighting to protect our
  freedoms; when he passed away at age 32, he left behind two
  cherished daughters, Donna and Debra; and
         WHEREAS, Captain Russell Barnett served with honor,
  courage, and patriotism, embodying the highest ideals of the
  United States armed forces, and his fellow citizens owe him a
  debt of gratitude and remembrance that the passage of time can
  never diminish; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 85th
  Legislature, hereby pay special tribute to the memory of Captain
  Robert Russell Barnett and extend to his loved ones sincere
  condolences for the loss of this valiant Texan; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  his family and that when the Texas Senate adjourns this day, it do
  so in memory of Captain Russell Barnett.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on March 14, 2017, by a
    rising vote.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate