SSGT William Carroll Barber

SSGT William Carroll Barber

Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA
Death 26 Mar 1944 (aged 32)
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: KIA declared unrecoverable.
Memorial ID 171998797 · View Source
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SSgt Barber was the son of J.W. Barber and Demie Carroll Barber Ledford, and the grandson of W.T. Barber and Mollie A. Barber of Reidsville, NC. He grew up in Forsyth County, NC and had family connections in Greensboro, NC and Reidsville, NC. He served in the US Army from April 1, 1931 to March 31, 1934 and was honorably discharged as a Corporal. He returned to Forsyth County and later married Mary Elizabeth Parrish on April 11, 1936 in Forsyth County, NC. He had previously worked at Service Printing Company in Reidsville, NC. He had earned his college degree and was working at First National Bank in Winston-Salem when he was called back into service for World War II.

He reentered service on December 26, 1942 in the US Army Air Forces. He served under Col. Philip Cochran's Air Command Force in India and had earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was killed in action in Burma on March 26, 1944. His body was declared unrecoverable.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, and a citation of honor by Maj. Gen. George E. Stratemeyer, Commander of the US Army Air Forces In India and Burma.

He was survived by his mother, his wife, and his baby daughter.

Sources used for this bio include North Carolina Marriage Records; US World War II Draft Cards; North Carolina, Discharge and Statement of Service Records, 1940-1948; and the article "Sergeant Barber Gets Posthumous Awards, Citation" published in the Greensboro Daily News in Greensboro, NC, Wednesday, June 7, 1944.

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  • Created by: Apollymi
  • Added: 30 Oct 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 171998797
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT William Carroll Barber (29 May 1911–26 Mar 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 171998797, ; Maintained by Apollymi (contributor 47370881) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a KIA declared unrecoverable..