Americans in Wartime Experience

Gina Barnhurt

Gold Star Mother

Gina Barnhurt's son, Lance Corporal Eric Herzberg joined the United States Marine Corps right after graduating from High School.  He served as a SAW Gunner during the War on Terror / Iraqi Freedom.  When she asked him why he was determined to be a Marine, Lance responded, "Mom, it's what God's calling me to do."

On October 21st 2006, while on a routine patrol to get gasoline, Eric was providing security for his team of Marines when he was shot in the back by a sniper.  Despite receiving immediate care from a Navy Corpsman, Eric died from his injuries.

Ms. Barnhurst recounts the day she was notified of her son's death as well as the response by the Marine Corps who never left her side, and continues to offer her and her family support.  She also talks about the Gold Star Mothers, an organization she is very active in to help other mothers like herself.

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The Americans in Wartime Experience explores the impact of war and conflict on America since WWI. It honors those who served in the military and on the home front and highlights the values they demonstrated in serving – duty, honor, and courage. It examines how periods of conflict have profoundly shaped American society. It educates visitors about the costs of war, both on a personal and social level. It challenges visitors to remember the service and sacrifices made by their fellow citizens to preserve and defend our freedoms. LEARN MORE

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