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William Earl Barber
Birth: Nov. 30, 1919
Dehart
Morgan County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 19, 2002
Irvine
Orange County
California, USA

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War as Captain and commanding officer of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). He was awardxed the CMOH for his bravery at the Chosin Reservoir area, Korea, from November 28 to December 2, 1950. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of Company F in action against enemy aggressor forces. Assigned to defend a 3-mile mountain pass along the division's main supply line and commanding the only route of approach in the march from Yudam-ni to Hagaru-ri, Capt. Barber took position with his battle-weary troops and, before nightfall, had dug in and set up a defense along the frozen, snow-covered hillside. When a force of estimated regimental strength savagely attacked during the night, inflicting heavy casualties andfinally surrounding his position following a bitterly fought 7-hour conflict, Capt. Barber, after repulsing the enemy gave assurance that he could hold if supplied by air drops and requested permission to stand fast when orders were received by radio to fight his way back to a relieving force after 2 reinforcing units had been driven back under fierce resistance in their attempts to reach the isolated troops. Aware that leaving the position would sever contact with the 8,000 marines trapped at Yudam-ni and jeopardize their chances of joining the 3,000 more awaiting their arrival in Hagaru-ri for the continued drive to the sea, he chose to risk loss of his command rather than sacrifice more men if the enemy seized control and forced a renewed battle to regain the position, or abandon his many wounded who were unable to walk. Although severely wounded in the leg in the early morning of the 29th, Capt. Barber continued to maintain personal control, often moving up and down the lines on a stretcher to direct the defense and consistently encouraging and inspiring his men to supreme efforts despite the staggering opposition. Waging desperate battle throughout 5 days and 6 nights of repeated onslaughts launched by the fanatical aggressors, he and his heroic command accounted for approximately 1,000 enemy dead in this epic stand in bitter subzero weather, and when the company was relieved only 82 of his original 220 men were able to walk away from the position so valiantly defended against insuperable odds. His profound faith and courage, great personal valor, and unwavering fortitude were decisive factors in the successful withdrawal of the division from the death trap in the Chosin Reservoir sector and reflect the highest creditupon Capt. Barber, his intrepid officers and men, and the U.S. Naval Service". His Medal of Honro was presented to him at the White House by President Harry S Truman on August 20, 195. 2He joined the Marine Corps during World War II, and, after being commissioned as an offier, he fought in the invasion of Iwo Jima, where he received two wounds. He remained in the Marine Corps after the end of the Korean Conflict, and served in Viet Nam before retiring in 1970. 
 
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  Ione L. Barber (1918 - 2006)*
 
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Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 66 Lot 6904
 
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Record added: Apr 27, 2002
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- Lazer
 Added: Jul. 22, 2014
"Nor shall your Glory be forgot while Fame her record keeps,for Honor points the hallowed spot where Valor proudly sleeps."
- 13th Generation Fairbanks in America
 Added: May. 27, 2014
Thank you for your service. Rest in peace.
- CHS
 Added: May. 23, 2014
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