Barney Lee Mitchell

December 27, 1950January 8, 2020

Barney Lee Mitchell was born on December 27, 1950 and passed away on January 8, 2020.


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Sharon Harjo-Hale

January 13, 2020

My family knew his family and I remember grandma always visiting with them. She said we were related but I wasn't sure if she meant indian way or blood. We always seem to be at the same venues either playing basketball or softball. Rest in Peace cousin...see you later! xoxo

Candie Griffin

January 13, 2020

I am so, so sorry. Barney was a great guy and taught me a lot about being a police officer in Shawnee. He was always ready to help and gave praise when warranted. He was also VERY FUNNY. RIP Sergeant.

Darrel Martin

January 11, 2020

I was in Vietnam with Barney. I called him Doc or Mitch. We were in a Recon unit together. AMERICAL 11th Brigade 4/3. When we were on SanJuan hill ,our fire base we stayed in the same bunker. Barney slept in the bunk above me. One of my favorite memories of him was how good of shape he was in. One time up north close to the DMZ we were all moving to another bald hill and it was almost straight up the mountain. As I was climbing Barney and Smitty passed me up as if I were sitting still. They were racing to the top with full rucksacks. Doc was almost always the first to come to anybody’s aid. He was an outstanding member of our Recon unit. Bless his heart. I will always have fond memories of him.

Darrel Martin

Michael Collins

January 11, 2020

Barney started work at Shawnee police department shortly after i did.. we shared a room at the police academy in 1973.. quite guy... later we worked a lot os shifts together... great friend.. i left the PD in 1982 to go to work for the state... last case we, and others worked, was a homicide Barney worked on the guy for a long time till help arrived.. they lost him anyway.. but not because Barney didn't try... i always respected him... two of my grandchildren met him while they worked at Hamburger King. He found out who they were and he would tell them stories bout us. See you later Barney

Don Fixico and Michelle Martin

January 11, 2020

I first met Barney in 2014 when he invited his cousin Don and myself to spend Thanksgiving with his family. Even though he didn't know me he made me feel like I was one of the family. His sense of humor, smile, and stories were amazing. Spending time with Barney meant we were laughing and smiling. Over the past few years I got to know Barney more and learned about his service to our nation, the state of Oklahoma and her communities, and to Native people. Barney loved his work with the honor guard and I enjoyed hearing his stories about the work they did to honor our veterans. Simply put, this world is a better place because of Barney Mitchell and his service to us all. We will miss sharing meals and laughter with you Barney, this world is less funny and a little sadder without you in it. We send our love, prayers, and thoughts to his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him at this difficult time. Rest in Peace Barney, we miss you already.

John Heeren

January 11, 2020

I served with “Mitch” in 1970-1971 in Vietnam in a Recon unit where he was a medic. He was a brave and courageous soldier that I was proud to have served with. His grandmother made him a beaded arm band to wear to keep him safe that I liked and he gave it to me. At our Recon reunion in 2013 I wanted to give him that arm band back that I had saved all those years and he would not take it back but rather wanted me to pass it on to my children. That speaks volumes about what a generous and kind person he was! He will be missed!

David Williams

January 11, 2020

I first met Barney, while working as a court security officer, at the Federal Courthouse in Okla city. Barney was an exceptional individual. He was a true "Warrior", in every sense of the word. I will miss our many talks . Rest In Peace my brother.

Sgt D. Williams
OCSO (Ret)

Jason Brinker

January 10, 2020

Barney volunteered to teach Defensive Tactics to my reserve academy in Wewoka back in the 90’s. His mild demeanor fooled me during the vehicle extraction portion.
He said he was going to show us how to get someone out of a car against their will and I made the mistake of saying I wouldn’t fit through a window. He rolled the window halfway up and thanked me for “volunteering”.
Let’s just say it was a lesson I will not soon forget and I’m convinced he could have gotten me through a wing window!
He was an exceptional man with a heart of gold!

Francisco "Paco" Elizalde Jr

January 10, 2020

Barney was a member of our elite Recon unit of the 11th Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division, in Vietnam from 1970 - 1971. He would come up with some funny jokes every so often to keep our minds off some of the missions that we had to do. Barney was originally an Admin Specialist, but was bored with his job and volunteered to join our Recon teams. I remember when I was trying to teach him how to be a point man, as I was . He wanted nothing to do with that position. He instead volunteered to be a medic for our Recon teams. So he went on the job training under one of our trained medics. In the months that followed, Barney had risked his life, with disregard to his own safety, to reach our wounded Recon team members, under heavy intense enemy gun fire. Barney's actions had saved some of our wounded Recon team members. Barney was a brave warrior and a hero amongst heroes. Barney stood tall amongst us and will be greatly missed.

I would like to add that Barney was a Life Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Inc.

Paco Elizalde
Nat'l Sr Vice Cdr
Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Inc.

Duane Locke

January 10, 2020

Met him in the early days right after he joined Shawnee PD. He always came in where I worked and everyone loved his stories and personalty. Over the years he would still stop by and say hello at the gun shows. He will be greatly missed.