|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1922|
|Death: ||Feb. 27, 1945|
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4th Marine Div.
Died in Iwo Jima and buried on Iwo Jima; reburied in Hawaii in 1949.
Awarded Purple Heart.
Marine Private Stephen Alan Barker, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Baker of 200 Harvey St., Borger, has been reported as killed in action in the battle for Iwo Jima.
The following story is reprinted from the El Paso Times:
Marine Pvt. Stephen Alan Barker, 23, son of Times Reporter S.A. Barker of the Lower Valley, was killed Feb. 27 in action on Iwo Jima, the War Department reported.
Mr. Barker recently received a letter from his son written Feb. 8, while he was on shipboard with the 4th Marine Division en route to Iwo Jima.
Private Barker was graduated from high school in Price, Utah, where he was an all-state football team member in 1939. He attended Mines the following year and was a member of the freshman football and basketball squads.
He was employed as an inspector at the California Shipbuilding Corp., in Los Angeles, when he enlisted in the Marines in August, 1944. He trained at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
At the Marine Corps Base, San Diego, he received the Honor Badge of Efficiency, recruit training award and was chosen the outstanding in his recruit platoon.
Private Barker is survived by his father, his mother, who lives at Salt Lake City; his wife, Mrs. Betty Barker of Castlegate, Utah, and a son, David, 3.
Private Barker lived in Borger in 1936.
(Published in Borger Daily Herald, April 10, 1945)
Note: Entered the service from Utah.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Plot: C 1222
Maintained by: Jeff Hall
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56114676