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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 2
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 2
Rank:
Lance Corporal 2
Birth:
20 Jun 1945 2
20 Jun 1945 2
Franklin, New Hampshire 2
Death:
21 Sep 1967 2
Con Thien, Vietnam 2
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Full Name:
Jedh Colby Barker 1
Full Name:
Jedh Colby Barker 4
Full Name:
Jedh Colby Barker 3
Birth:
20 Jun 1945 2
20 Jun 1945 3
Franklin, New Hampshire 2
Male 2
Male 3
Death:
21 Sep 1967 2
Con Thien, Vietnam 2
Cause: Killed In Action 2
Death:
21 Sep 1967 3
Cause: Artillery, Rocket, Mortar 3
Age at Death: 22 3
Body Recovered: Recovered 3
Casualty Date: 21 Sep 1967 3
Casualty Location: 1km E of Con Thien 3
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 3
Residence:
Hometown: Park Ridge, NJ 3
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Birth:
Mother: Ruth Barker 2
Father: George Barker 2
Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 3
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Vietnam War 1

Vietnam War 2

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 2
Rank:
Lance Corporal 3
Battalion:
2nd Bn 3
Company:
F Co 3
Enlistment Type:
Regular 3
Grade:
E3 3
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 3
Posthumous Decoration:
Medal of Honor 3
Regiment:
4th Marines 3
Service:
Marine Corps 3
Specialty:
Machine Gunner (USMC) 3
Years Served:
0 3
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Occupation:
Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps 4
Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 1
Religion:
Protestant 4
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 4
Religion:
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 3
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 3
Education:
Institution: Missouri State College 5
Place: Kirksville, MO 5
From: 1965 5
To: 1966 5
Education:
Institution: Fairleigh Dickinson University 5
Place: East Rutherford, NJ 5
From: 1964 5
To: 1965 5
Education:
Institution: Park Ridge High School 2
Place: Park Ridge, NJ 2
From: 1960 2
To: 1964 2
Battle Honors:
Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase III: 1 June 1967 - 29 January 1968 2
Marine Corps Service:
Active Duty: 05 Oct 1966 6
Enlistment (USMCR): 20 Jun 1966 6
Grade: E3 2
MOS: 0331: Machine Gunner 2
Rank: Lance Corporal 2
Serial Number: 2207369 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 99 3
Panel: 26E 3
Personal Awards:
Combat Action Ribbon: June 1967 2
Medal of Honor: 21 Sep 1967 2
National Defense Service Medal: 1 January 1961 - 14 August 1974 2
Purple Heart: 21 Sep 1967 2
RVN Campaign Service Medal: "1960-" device 2
Vietnam Service Medal: 1 Battle Star 2
Promotions:
Lance Corporal: 01 Sep 1967 6
Private First Class: 01 Dec 1966 6
Unit Awards:
Navy Presidential Unit Citation: 5 January - 15 September 1967 2
RVN Gallantry Cross w/ Palm: 8 February 1962 - 28 March 1973 2
Vietnam Service:
Tour Start: June 1967 2
Unit: Company "F", 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division 2

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Jedh, we played street baseball together. I will always remember those days. I visit you on the wall when I go to DC. You and Beans are both missed. Bill

My Friend, my memory A childhood friend, who gave all while some of us came home. Fathers Day 2007 made me reflect, 40 years ago I was the son at war and 40 years later I was the father at home with the son at war.

My condolences in the death of your friend. I, too, lost a cousin in Vietnam. I will pray that your son comes home safely from the war.

Medal of Honor Citation

Con Thien, Vietnam

Medal of Honor
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JEDH COLBY BARKER

Rank and Organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company F, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein), FMF
Place and date: Near Con Thien, Republic of Vietnam, 21 September 1967
Entered service at: Park Ridge, NJ 
Born: 20 June 1945, Franklin, NH

Citation: 
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a machine gunner with Company F.

During a reconnaissance operation L/Cpl. BARKER's squad was suddenly hit by enemy sniper fire. The squad immediately deployed to a combat formation and advanced to a strongly fortified enemy position, when it was again struck by small arms and automatic weapons fire, sustaining numerous casualties. Although wounded by the initial burst of fire, L/Cpl. BARKER boldly remained in the open, delivering a devastating volume of accurate fire on the numerically superior force. The enemy was intent upon annihilating the small marine force and, realizing that L/Cpl. BARKER was a threat to their position, directed the preponderance of their fire on his position. He was again wounded, this time in the right hand, which prevented him from operating his vitally needed machinegun.

Suddenly and without warning, an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the few surviving marines. Unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his personal safety, L/Cpl. BARKER threw himself upon the deadly grenade, absorbing with his body the full and tremendous force of the explosion. In a final act of bravery, he crawled to the side of a wounded comrade and administered first aid before succumbing to his grievous wounds.

His bold initiative, intrepid fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death undoubtedly saved his comrades from further injury or possible death and reflected great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps, and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Signed: Richard M. Nixon

Note: L/Cpl. Barker is also entitled to the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one campaign star, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with bronze palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal.

To My Dearest Family

To My Dearest Family

Some things I'd like to say,

but first of all to let you know

that I arrived okay

I'm writing this from Heaven

where I dwell with God above

where there's no more tears

or sadness there

is just eternal love

Please do not be unhappy

just because I'm out of sight

remember that I'm with you

every morning, noon and night

That day I had to leave you

when my life on Earth was through

God picked me up and hugged me

and He said I welcome you

It's good to have you back again

you were missed while you were gone

as for your dearest family

they'll be here later on

I need you here so badly

as part of My big plan

there's so much that we have to do

to help our mortal man

Then God gave me a list of things

He wished for me to do

and foremost on that list of mine

is to watch and care for you

And I will be beside you

every day and week and year

and when you're sad

I'm standing there

to wipe away the tear

And when you lie in bed at night

the days chores put to flight

God and I are closest to you

in the middle of the night

When you think of my life on Earth

and all those loving years

because you're only human

they are bound to bring you tears

But do not be afraid to cry

it does relieve the pain

remember there would be no flowers

unless there was some rain

I wish that I could tell you

of all that God has planned

but if I were to tell you

you wouldn't understand

But one thing is for certain

though my life on Earth is o're

I am closer to you now

than I ever was before

And to my very many friends

trust God knows what is best

I'm still not far away from you

I'm just beyond the crest

There are rocky roads ahead of you

and many hills to climb

but together we can do it

taking one day at a time

It was always my philosophy

and I'd like it for you too

that as you give unto the World

so the World will give to you

If you can help somebody

who is in sorrow or in pain

then you can say to God at night

my day was not in vain

And now I am contented

that my life it was worthwhile

knowing as I passed along the way

I made somebody smile

So if you meet somebody

who is down and feeling low

just lend a hand to pick him up

as on your way you go

When you are walking

down the street

and you've got me on your mind

I'm walking in your footsteps

only half a step behind

And when you feel the gentle breeze

or the wind upon your face

that's me giving you a great big hug

or just a soft embrace

And when it's time for you to go

from that body to be free

remember you're not going

you are coming here to me

And I will always love you

from that land way up above

Will be in touch again soon

P.S. God sends His Love

 

Thank you Marine for the devotion and loyalty to our Nation and our Corps...

THE WALL Standing here in front of the Wall silently reading your name solemnly I thank you one and all Each of you different, yet the same The list seems forever endless but I remember your faces you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess as I walk slowly with measured paces Each one of you answered the call willingly or not, you gave your lives Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all The Nation still survives   "War drew us from our homeland In the sunlit springtime of our youth. Those who did not come back alive remain in perpetual springtime -- forever young -- And a part of them is with us always." God Bless  You

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