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George R. Barthel
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Birth: Oct. 6, 1946
Death: Apr. 19, 1979

George served in the Vietanam Conflict as a Pathfinder.
In 2006 a Canadian Military Historian traveling thru Siagon found his dog tags in a coin and metal shop. He placed them on e-bay and one of Geroge's cousins just happen to see it. The Canadian Military History sent them free of charge to the cousin in California. It took 30 years and a long journey from Vietnam to Canada and then final to his family in Calfiornia.
Deputy Barthel was shot while investigating a group of suspicious males. He and his partner were assigned to the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau and were assigned to patrol a housing project.

Deputy Barthel and his partner were walking up to a group of males when they threw drug paraphernalia into the bushes. As Deputy Barthel's partner went to pick up the drugs, the shooter opened fire from across the street with a rifle, striking both Deputy Barthel and his partner in face and the torso. Both deputies were wearing bulletproof vests, but the bullets entered through the gaps in the sides.

Deputy Barthel's partner used his own body to shield Deputy Barthel as they retreated to their patrol car taking fire from the suspects. Both deputies were transported to a local hospital where Deputy Barthel died later that day.

Thursday, April 19, 1979 - Three suspects were in custody early today and another was being hunted in the fatal shooting of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy and the wounding of another.

James Leroy Noble, 23 was arrested in his apartment at 1449 E. 115th St. and jailed in the Lynwood Sheriff's Station in connection with the of Dep. George Barthel, 32 and the wounding of Dep. James Hollingsworth, 26, late Thursday.

Deputies later arrested Clarence Robinson, 21 on suspicion of murder after he surrenddered to officers at the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th division. The Third suspect, Gary M. Huybbard, 20 was booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance (drugs) after he was arrested near the shooting scene.

Investigators said another 21-year old man surrendered at the Lynwood Sheriff's station late Thursday night but he was released after questioning.

Sheriff's investigators said uniformed deputies, both wearing flack vests, were shot down as they approached a group of five men in the Nickerson Housing Project.

As the deputies neared the group, investigators said, they saw one man toss something into a nearby clump of bushes.

Sheriff's Lt. Charles Elliott said Hollingsworth, told investigators he was shot while picking up one of two vials of PCP that had been thrown away by one of the five men.

Hollingsworth was wounded in the face and side by fragments from one of the first shots fired. As he reached for his service revolver, Hollingsworth told investigators, he heard a second shot and saw Barthel bleeding.

The wounded deputy said he heard three more shots as he tried to shield Barthel with his body while retreating to the patrol car. Neither deputy managed to return the fire as the suspects ran off in several directions, Elliott said.

Barthel was struck in the face and side areas not protected by the flak vests worn by deputies, and investigator said.

Both deputies were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood where Barthel died in surgery shortly7 before 8 P.M. Hollingsworth was reported in good condition today following emergency treatment.

The two deputies were assigned to the Sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau, a unit detailed to combat street crimes such as assaults, muggings, purse snatchings and similar offenses.

 
 
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Record added: Jun 27, 2008
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George R. Barthel
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George R. Barthel
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George R. Barthel
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