Barker, Harry Bernard, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 0302, Lima Co, 3rd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (3/9)
Service Years
1941 - 1944

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Home State
Iowa
Iowa
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Washington, IA
Last Address
Washington, IA

Casualty Date
Jul 21, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Guam
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Saint Joseph's Cemetery - null, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
n/a

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 Unit Assignments
3rd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (3/9)
  1944-1944, 0302, Lima Co, 3rd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (3/9)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
  1944-1944 Marianas Operation /Battle of Guam (1944)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Burial:
Saint Josephs Cemetery,
Section St.
What Cheer, IA 50268
   
Comments/Citation
Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Harry B. Barker (0-8257), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company L, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on the Asan-Adelup Beachhead, Guam, Marianas Islands, on 21 July 1944. Landing on the heavily fortified, fire-swept beachhead with the forward elements on D-Day, Captain Barker immediately moved inland to reconnoiter the area then, returning to his troops, promptly led them to the best vantage point for supporting the forward assault units. Critically wounded in the right arm by a Japanese sniper's bullet, he steadfastly refused first aid until the situation had been stabilized. Then, after having his wound dressed, he subsequently returned to his troops and personally led them in a vigorous, intensive assault against a hill vital to the advance of our forces despite withering enemy fire which swept the area. Although he was mortally wounded during the fierce action, Captain Barker, by his valiant and aggressive leadership had contributed to the success of our sustained drive toward the recapture of this important enemy stronghold, and his unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave peril reflects the highest credit upon the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 225 (January 25, 1945)
   
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