The POWs could hear the rumble of the guns of advancing Russian forces from the east, and the Germans broke camp on May 7, 1945, marching them westward toward the American lines.
The war ended the next day with Germany's surrender. "From my viewpoint, the Russians treated us with courtesy. They questioned us to make sure we were truly American POWs and then let us go on our way," he said.
On June 14, Mr. Barnes sailed for home aboard the Admiral Mayo, arriving in Boston 17 days later, where he wired his mother in Baltimore that he had landed and was safe.
Mr. Barnes was discharged in December 1945 with the rank of corporal. His decorations included the Bronze Star for "meritorious achievement in ground combat," a Combat Infantry Badge, two Purple Hearts and the POW Medal.
He was a member of the 106th Infantry Division Association and the American Ex-POW Association and was a life member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge.
Mr. Barnes career as a product manager at Koppers Co. spanned 35 years until he retired in 1983. He also held a real estate license and worked for Coldwell Banker Grempler for 22 years, and earned a real estate broker's license in 1988.
The former Lutherville resident moved to Cockeysville in 1971. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid Orioles and Baltimore Colts fan.
His wife of 55 years, the former Catherine Marie Cooney, died in 2002.
Mr. Barnes was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 100 Church Lane, Cockeysville, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Surviving is his wife of 10 years, the former Beverly Jane Beckstrom; two sons, Clay M. Barnes of Timonium and William H. Barnes of Reisterstown; two daughters, Joan B. Schultz of Stevenson and Linda B. Siciliano of Parkville; and five grandchildren.