Barton Home Inspections, PLLC was named in honor of my grandad, Barton “Warren” Robertson. He lived his life with honesty, excellence, and service to his country and community.
Warren enlisted in the Texas National Guard, Battery B, 131st Field Artillery, 36th division in 1940. He spent one week as a Private, one month as a Corporal, and the rest of his military career as a Sergeant. He was in Pearl Harbor on Sunday, November 30, 1941, just one week before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. On Sunday, December 7, 1941, he received word of the attack and the ship he was aboard headed due south and crossed the equator and date line on the same day. They stopped at Suva, Fiji Island to refuel, where only one person was allowed to leave the ship. They then departed for Brisbane, Australia (east coast), before arriving on Java in late December. Warren was captured on March 13, 1942 on Java, after spending a total of ten months on Java. He was taken to Singapore, where he spent one month in a POW camp in Changi. He and the others dug up rubber trees and planted vegetables. On December 7, 1942, he was moved to Nagasaki, Japan, and then on June 19, 1945, he was moved up to Orio, Japan, where he worked in coal mines and shelters.
The war ended on August 13, 1945. He liberated and passed through Nagasaki, Japan approximately two weeks after the bomb was dropped. Warren boarded the USS Lunga Point, an aircraft carrier bound for the Philippines. He spent two weeks there, then boarded a ship for 22 days before arriving in San Francisco, California. There, he boarded a train headed for San Antonio, Texas for a 90 day leave of absence. He arrived in Amarillo, Texas on November 10, 1945.
In 1946, Warren returned to Texas A&M College, and on December 25, 1946, he married Mary Nell Woodard. He was a charter member of the Texas A&M College Fencing team, and also won “Novice Championship” Southwest Conference with sabers. In 1948, he received his BSME from Texas A&M College, then began employment with Tennessee Gas Transportation Company in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He retired in 1982, then moved to Katy, Texas in 1992.
We at Barton Home Inspections are honored to serve the Houston area and surrounding communities.