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 Vernon G. “Newt” Barger

Vernon G. “Newt” Barger

Cooter, Pemiscot County, Missouri, USA
Death 14 Sep 1944 (aged 22)
Burial Steele, Pemiscot County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 100090977 · View Source
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The Steele Enterprise, Steele, Missouri
Thursday, October 19, 1944
Sergeant Vernon "Newt" Barger, 22, was killed in action in Italy, Sept. 14, 1944, the War Department has informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Barger.

An infantryman, Sergeant Barger's last letter received by his parents was written Sept. 9 in which he told of having been resting after participating in battles, but was returning to the front immediately.

Because he would have no need of money, he sent his money home with the letter he wrote.

Reared at Cooter, where he was born, he entered the service Nov. 7, 1942, and had served overseas more than a year, having begun his foreign service April, 1943.

Besides his parents, he is survived by one sister, Miss Hazel Barger of Caruthersville, and four brothers, Pvt. Howard Barger, with the infantry stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C., Charles Barger of Cooter, and Floyd and William Barger of Steele.

The Steele Enterprise, Steele, Missouri
Friday, December 3, 1948

Full military honors, directed by the Steele Memorial Post of the V.F.W. were conducted Friday following services at the First Methodist Church by the Rev. Marvin Niblack for Vernon G. Barger of Cooter.

Sergeant Barger's body arrived in Steele from the Memphis General Graves Registration Depot Wednesday. The body was returned from Italy, where Sergeant Barger was killed Sept. 14, 1944. He was 22 at the time of his death.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Barger and was born in Cooter, March 7, 1922, and lived there until entering the service Nov. 15, 1942. He was overseas for six months, both in Italy and North Africa, prior to his death. He received the Purple Heart and several other citations and medals.

Sergeant Barger leaves his parents, four brothers, Howard, Floyd, William and Charles Barger, all of Cooter, and one sister, Mrs. Paul Adler of Detroit, Mich.

Burial was at the Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of the German Undertaking Company of Steele.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Vernon G. “Newt” Barger (11 Mar 1922–14 Sep 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100090977, citing Mount Zion Cemetery, Steele, Pemiscot County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .