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Sgt Joseph E. Barbour
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Birth: Apr. 12, 1922
Death: Jun. 15, 1944, At Sea

US Army WORLD WAR II
Passenger (T/4) Joseph E. Barbour MIA/KIA
113 Field Artillery Battalion 30 INF DIV
Hometown: North Carolina
Service #20464543
Awards: Purple Heart
Captain: Lt Floyd E. Richards USN

Ship: USS LST-133
Mission: Troop Transport Convoy EPL-8
Date of attack: June 15 1944
Location: 50 01'N, 0 49'W - Grid BF 3615 27 miles northeast of Barfleur, France
Cargo: US Army vehicles and personnel and two Rhino tugs in tow
Fate: Damaged by U-621 (Hermann Stuckmann)
Crew: ? men (43 dead and ? survivors).

Notes on event
At 08.03 hours on 15 Jun, 1944, U-621 fired one Gnat torpedo at the convoy EPL-8 and hit USS LST-133 which was about 2000 yards behind station, steaming at full speed of 10 knots with two Rhino tugs in tow about 27 miles northeast of Barfleur, France. The U-boat observed how the vessel broke in two and then managed to retreat without being attacked by the escorts as it was assumed that the vessel had struck an acoustic mine. However, the landing ship remained intact from frame 41 forward so the Germans probably mistook the Rhino tugs that drifted away after the hit as parts of the vessel. The explosion blew away the greater part of the fantail and both 40mm Bofors gun tubes on the stern, demolished the crew quarters and steering engine room and left the vessel without propulsion as the screws and rudder were destroyed. The deck house was damaged by the stern anchor winch that was blown forward and large pieces of twisted deck plate hurled through the air fell on deck and the vehicles stored there. The landing ship carried the men and equipment of the HQ and three batteries of the 113th Field Artillery Battalion, 30th US Infantry Division. As breakfast had just been served many men were washing their mess kits on the fantail when the torpedo struck and the casualties were high: 15 crew members and 28 passengers (22 US Army and 6 USN Seabees) were killed and 17 crew members and 11 passengers (8 US Army and 3 USN Seabees) were wounded.

USS Raven (AM 55) and USS Chickadee (AM 59) en route to Portsmouth went alongside to take off the wounded, the former taking USS LST-133 in tow towards Omaha Beach until relieved by USS Arikara (ATF 98) at 12.35 hours. Eleven hours after the hit, the landing ship was beached with the help of USS LCI(L)-490 and USS LCI(L)-84 and unloaded until 02.00 hours on 16 June. Afterwards the ship was sufficient repaired to permit towing her to Southampton by the British tug Empire Meadow on 18 June. USS LST-133 was prepared at Barry for a transatlantic crossing and returned to service after being repaired in the US.

Sgt. Barbour appears Tablets of the Missing Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Colleville-sur-Mer Departement du Calvados Basse-Normandie, France. His memorial Hodges Chapel Cemetery Benson
Johnston County North Carolina is a cenotaph his body was never recovered.

USS LST-133 Casualties
(T/4) Joseph E. Barbour
(T/4) Joseph E. Barbour
Clyde W. Beachen
Steve W. Carroll
James B. Collier
James S. Davis
Clarence M. Edwards
Donald B. Edwards
Otis G. Hall
John A. Hussli
Dallas King Survivor
Jacob C. Marshall
John W. Martin
John W. Martin
Cecil E. McLendon
John E. Nelms Jr.
Albert P. Ramirez
Wiley G. Ratcliff
Floyd E. Richards Survivor
William I. Scheunemann Survivor
Outra Schroader
Clarence D. Speaker
William S. Srp
J. C. Swanger
John F. Udovic
James A. Wilkins
 
 
Inscription:
He fought for freedom and gave his life in the conflict of the English Channel.
113 FLD ARTY BN 30 INF DIV WWII
 
Note: Cenotaph
 
Burial:
Hodges Chapel Cemetery
Benson
Johnston County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: P. Bible
Record added: Nov 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31274483
Sgt Joseph E. Barbour
Added by: Aleta Hobbs
 
Sgt Joseph E. Barbour
Cemetery Photo
Added by: 919ncgran
 
 
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Thank You!!!
- P. Bible
 Added: Nov. 10, 2008
Rest in Peace, Soldier
- P. Bible
 Added: Nov. 10, 2008
 
 
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