On May 5, 1969, a hand grenade struck his leg leaving him injured. However, this did not discourage him from returning to the frontlines. In addition, he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.
On June 20, 1969, tragedy struck again. Sgt. Barrientes received an AK47 gunshot to the face leaving him severely wounded.
He is now left without an esophagus and with damaged vocal chords. Since 1969, he has lived a very different lifestyle.
Since then he has been unable to eat or drink by mouth. He requires an alternate means of nutrition which is provided through a feeding tube attached to his abdomen.
After seven and a half long and painful years of medical attention, he returned back home to Edinburg, Texas.
Family… On September 2, 1972, he married Martha Galindo. They have three children: Leonel Eduardo, Jose Francisco, and Lucy Marie.
Jose Francisco, Lucy Marie, Mr. & Mrs. Barrientes, Leonel Edwardo
He actively participates in coordinating the altar services, CCD classes, and assists the priest in overseeing the church's organizations and events.
Edinburg Schools… Mr. Barrientes has left his fingerprints on the hearts of so many children in the Edinburg School District.
This is just a glimpse of what Mr. Barrientes does for the children of our district. His dedication and time given to the community is immeasurable. He has over 21,000 volunteer hours.
Mr. Barrientes participates at Edinburg Schools on Veteran’s Day programs.
Due to his commitment to students and the future generations of Edinburg, he was honored with numerous awards: “Heroes for Children” given by Texas Education Agency, and “Certificate of Recognition” given by The State of Texas House of Representatives.
Mr. Barrientes is a respected individual who has won the hearts of our community. He fosters in everyone an appreciation for life. He passionately instills in children his motto, “Stay in school and get a good education, appreciate what you have, and don’t take it for granted”. He is a committed and dependable individual who will continue to contribute to this All-American City of Edinburg.
“Its not really my life anymore. I believe that I was allowed to survive for a reason.” -Sgt. Francisco Barrientes
He truly stands alone and is worthy and deserving of having a new middle school named in his honor. It is with great pleasure and honor that we present …. Francisco Barrientes Middle School Home of the Bearcats!!