by Jackie Nunnery
It all started when retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Harvey “Barney” Barnum Jr. of Reedville leaned his cane against his car to put on new license plate tags in the Kilmarnock DMV parking lot, then proceeded to drive off minus his cane. But Barnum is no ordinary man and it was no ordinary cane.
Barnum is a decorated war hero, having received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1967 for his actions during the Vietnam War; one of just 65 current living recipients. The missing cane was given to him by Gen. James T. Conway, former Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, so Col. Barnum asked Lancaster County Sheriff Patrick McCranie to “do everything in his power to find it.” Two weeks later, detectives Johnny Smithart and Tim Self did just that….
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