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 George Russell Barber

George Russell Barber

Birth
Buckhead, Morgan County, Georgia, USA
Death 17 Dec 2004 (aged 90)
Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Memorial ID 10175960 · View Source
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United States Military Chaplin. He was the last surviving D-Day Chaplin, who served as one of four chaplains with the Army's 1st Infantry Division at Omaha Beach when Allied forces stormed the shores of Normandy on June 6, 1944. He spent the day ministering to the wounded and dying at Omaha Beach, prepared the dead for burial and helped select the site of the U.S. Cemetery overlooking the beach. Serving throughout Europe during the war, he ministered during the Battle of the Bulge and the capture of the strategic bridge at Remagen, Germany. He later ministered with the Air Force during the Korean War, served during the Vietnam War at March Air Force Base, California and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1969. In retirement, he was a regular at many D-Day Invasion reunions on Omaha Beach in Normandy. He delivered the opening prayer at the dedication ceremony for the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans in June 2000, joining celebrities Tom Hanks, Tom Brokaw, Steven Spielberg and others. In 2003, he led an interfaith service at dedication ceremonies for the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University, in Lawrence, Kansas. The World War II reunion, was hosted by NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw, included former president Jimmy Carter and over 25,000 in attendance.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 26 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10175960
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Russell Barber (26 Aug 1914–17 Dec 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10175960, citing Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by John "J-Cat" Griffith (contributor 46568383) .