Barber, Col. William E., USMC (Ret) Died peacefully at his longtime home in Irvine, California on April 19, 2002. Bill Barber was born on November 30, 1919 in Dehart, Kentucky and enlisted as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940. He served his country with distinction for thirty years and retired as a Colonel in 1970. He was awarded the Silver Star during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II and the Congressional Medal of Honor for action as the commander of Fox Company during the Chosin Reservoir Campaign in the Korean War. Bill is survived by Ione, his devoted wife of sixty years, his daughter Sharon and son John. He leaves behind three grandchildren Sarah, William, and John who value all the time and attention he gave them as they were growing up. Bill has a large extended family in Kentucky and Ohio including his brothers Woodrow and Harold Barber and his sisters Beatrice Frisby, Irene Murphy, Pearl Ferguson, and Jean Sheets. He enjoyed keeping up with all his relatives and participating in family reunions. He will be greatly missed by his many nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his daughter Diane and by his brothers Ray and Drexel Barber and his sister Gladys Bryant. Funeral services for Col. Barber will be at 10:00am, Friday April 26 at Red Hill Lutheran Church in Tustin. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. Remembrances are suggested to either: Freedoms Foundation 4580 Edgewater Circle, Corona, CA 92883 or Col W.E. Barber Scholarship Fund, MSU Foundation, University St., Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 40351.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on April 24, 2002