About the Author
Rex "Hawk" Barton
Rex Barton was born on June 24, 1944 in Santa Barbara, California, USA. He was raised on his grandparent's walnut farm in Ventura, California where he learned to be an avid horseman and cared for all animals big and small. In the summer of 1962, Barton joined the United States Army and was subsequently stationed in the cold war zone of Berlin, Germany.
He was assigned to the 287th military police company and served as a military policeman (MP) for almost 5 years performing duties such as guarding military and civilian train passengers in route to west Berlin through dangerous cold war zones in east Germany.
Other duties included routine patrol, MP boat commander for Wanssee Lake and criminal investigation division (CID). Barton retired from the military in late 1966 and moved back to Santa Barbara, California.
In March 1967, Barton became a Deputy Sheriff with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department where he served over 7 years until he retired in 1974 due to a service related disability.
He worked in numerous divisions including patrol, detention, courts/civil, juvenile and investigations. Barton moved to the Channel Islands, California area and later became a licensed, independent Mortgage Broker/Realtor.