RADM Edwin Barrineau, USN (Ret.)

November 26, 1928March 9, 2014
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Rear Admiral Edwin Britton Barrineau, USN (Ret.), age 85, passed away at the Community Hospice of North Florida Hadlow Center for Caring on Sunday, March 9, 2014 following a 10 month struggle with cancer. He was born in Ocilla, GA to the late Charles Reid and Millie Fletcher Barrineau. Admiral Barrineau graduated with honors from the Naval War College, earned a BS in engineering electronics from the Naval Postgraduate School, a BS in industrial management from Georgia Tech and an MS in international affairs from George Washington University. He entered the US Navy in 1948 through the Flying Midshipmen program. He received his aviator’s wings and his commission in 1950, which began a 20 year career as a fighter pilot, flight instructor, and test pilot. He flew many types of airplanes, his favorite being the F-8 Crusader. During the second half of his Navy career, he led programs in electromagnetic warfare and he was a deputy director of the Naval Sea Systems Command. He was also the manager of the HARM missile program. He was decorated twice with both the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. Admiral Barrineau retired in 1982 after 36 years of service to the United States. Following his Navy retirement, he was the Senior Vice President of west coast operations for the VSE Corporation. After his retirement from VSE, he enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. He took special pleasure in visiting new towns and meeting people along the way. He often expressed his love of his country and he believed that its strength came from its people. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, and spending time with his grandsons. He was an avid reader and a lifelong learner. Admiral Barrineau is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Margaret “Margie” Hamilton Barrineau; his children, Cynthia Barrineau Thiele (Mickey), James Britton Barrineau (Andrea), Suzanne Barrineau Garman (Mike); and his grandchildren, Michael Andrew Thiele, Christopher Michael Garman (Tiffany), Gregory Britton Garman, and Aaron Alexander Garman. He is also survived by brothers, Raymond Barrineau (Vivian) and Emory Barrineau; and his sister, Margaret Barrineau Scott. He was predeceased by brothers, Cecil Barrineau, Pete Barrineau, and Billie Barrineau; and sisters, Elizabeth Barrineau Deaton, Martha Barrineau Boggus, Jewel Barrineau Aspinwall, and Hazel Barrineau Yancy. Admiral Barrineau was a supporter of North Florida Community Hospice, Doctors Without Borders and the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Thursday, March 13th in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin. A private interment will be held at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. (904) 288-0025.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 13, 2014

RADM Edwin Barrineau, USN (Ret.)

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Robert Monk, MSgt, USAF (Ret)

November 9, 2014

So sorry to learn of Admiral Barrineau's passing. I live next door to a beautiful property he owned in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Occasionally, he would visit and care for the property. When I would see he was there, I would go next door and visit with him. His love of the property was evident. Eventually, I 'Googled' Edwin Barrineau to know a little more about my neighbor, and only then did I discover that he was a decorated national hero. Just today did I learn of his passing. I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends. Thank you, Admiral Barrineau, for your service, and may God rest your soul.

Lori Turner

August 14, 2014

This wonderful man was my boss at VSE, At 20 years of age I was his Executive Assistant in my first government contract job. From him I learned timeliness, professionalism, even how he liked his coffee. His own professionalism was a model of perfection. He had been on my mind for 4-5 months then I decided to look him up today. I am now a successful business owner in the 805 and 310 area codes. RIP Rear Admiral Barrineau.

Phyllis Thornsberry Desamito

March 20, 2014

So very sorry to hear of the Admiral's passing. I worked with him many years at VSE Corporation. My condolences to his family.

Rolf Hartmann

March 18, 2014

Mrs Barrineau & Family,
So sorry for your lose. It was my pleasure to have served with him in VF-173 from 50-to 54. We have lost touch with so many from the squadron over the years, but I am proud of his accomplishments as I am sure you are too. Thanks for his service. Rolf K. Hartmann ("Poncho"

Robert White

March 17, 2014

To quote, "The world has lost a true gentleman and patriot." Our sincere condolences to the family. We remember a fine officer who crossed the equator aboard the USS Wasp with us on the way to Korea. Our numbers have dwindled but some of us from VF-173 still make squadron reunions and remember one in JAX in particular that he attended. Our hearts go out to you, from the VF-173 crew by Doc White (HM2/EdD)

Roger Bingham, MCPO USN Retired

March 15, 2014

Mrs Barrineau, Please accept my deepest sympathy. I am a retired Master Chief Petty Officer. I worked at VSE from 1985 until 1997. The Admiral will be remembered by all that had contact with him.

Tom & Sue Dacus

March 14, 2014


We were deeply saddened to hear of Ed's passing. The world has lost a true gentleman and patriot. Ed help me understand people and gave me and opportunity when we worked together on the NAVSEA LHA program and again at VSE when he hired this old shipyard guy to turn around a missile related contract in Corona. I will forever be grateful for his support and mentoring. Our sincere condolences to you and your family and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

March 14, 2014

Dearest Marge,

Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss. You and your dear husband are remembered with love for your service to our country and those who serve in uniform.
Most sincerely,
Rosemary and Walt Locke

Tom & Sandy Delaney

March 14, 2014


Sandy and I were saddened to learn of Ed's recent passing. We often thought of you both over the years since your relocation to FL, and have valued our personal and professional relationships. He will be sorely missed.

March 14, 2014

I am sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. I am sure there are many great memories you have that can and will bring a smile to your face and heart. May the Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our father who loved us give you comfort and comfort your hearts and make you firm. 2 Thess. 2: 16, 17.