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James R. Barry

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Command Sergeant Major James R. Barry, a Pearl Harbor Survivor, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, after a long illness. He was the beloved son of the late Francis P. Barry Sr., a decorated World War II Navy veteran, and Helen E. (Donehey) Barry, a nurse who was recorded to be the first person to perform CPR on a child. Both his parents had resided in Tewksbury. James was born August 23, 1921, in Boston, and is a graduate of Medford High School. His military service began before World War II, when he enlisted with the Army Air Corps, Nov. 7, 1938, serving through the War until Sept. 22, 1945, with the Air Corps, assigned to Pearl Harbor and then in the Pacific Theatre of the War. From August 1946 to August 1949, he was with the US Air Force Reserve and from March 4, 1954 to Aug. 22, 1981, he served with the Massachusetts Army National Guard with the 101st infantry regiment and later with the 101st Engineer Battalion, where he retired with the rank of command sergeant major. He had a total of 36 years, 6 months and 18 days of distinguished and honorable service to our great nation. On March 22, 1997, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Army National Guard, Non-Commissioned Officer Hall of Fame. Jims awards and citations include: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal with Foreign Service Bar, American Campaign Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one Silver Star and one Bronze Service Star for participation in the Central Pacific Campaign (Hickam field), Guadalcanal, Northern Solomons Campaign, Western Pacific Campaigns, Bismark Archipelago, New Guinea Campaign, Victory Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Service Medal with two Hour Glasses, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with two Oak Leave Clusters, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Medal De La France Liberee, Solomon Islands Medal, Massachusetts Service Medal with War Service Star and Gold Eagle Device, Massachusetts Emergency Service Ribbon with one Bronze Service Star, and the Presidential Unit Citation. Jim served as a cemetery foreman and acting superintendent at Oak Grove Cemetery, retiring from the Cemetery Department of the City of Medford, after 35 years of service. Since leaving military service, he has been active in veteran organizations, and various night jobs such as armored car service, park police (sergeant), special police officer (lieutenant), and Elite Security (illegal aliens). He served as state command sergeant major with the Massachusetts defense force. He was the president (15 years) and treasurer of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assn. Inc, Bay Patriots Chapter # 1, Massachusetts. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Maria Y. (Schenna) Barry; and seven children, Linda J. Davis, USMC retired of Medford, James M. Barry, Army aviation, Vietnam, of Waltham, Ann Marie Barry, retired school teacher of Easton, William D. Barry, US Navy, and his wife, Nancy, of Billerica, John K. Barry, union carpenter of Medford, Timothy F. Barry, U.S. Navy, and his wife, Susan, of Burlington, and Sergeant Major Thomas R. Barry, Joint Force HQ Rhode Island, and a retired Mass. state trooper of Tewksbury. He also has five granddaughters, Dawn Viliott and her husband, Paul, of Reading, Jennifer Hogan and her husband, Mark, of Medford, Tiffani Barry of Medford, Kristina Barry of Billerica and Danielle Barry of Tewksbury. He has three grandsons, James R. Barry of Billerica, Timothy P. Barry of Burlington, and Ryan T. Barry of Tewksbury. He also leaves behind six great-grandchildren, Devany Davis of Tewksbury, Kayla Davis of Medford, Emily and Lyndsey Hogan of Medford, and Dario and Lia Viliott of Reading. He was the brother of Richard Dick Barry of Medford, Lois Whalen of New Hampshire, Helen OBrien of Greenfield, and the late Francis P. Barry Jr., formerly of Melrose, and John Barry, formerly of Tewksbury. His funeral was Monday, Jan. 9, at 9 a.m., at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m., celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 441 Fellsway West, Medford. Services concluded with burial and military honors in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend and visited the funeral home Sunday, Jan. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Jims name to St. Francis of Assisi Church Building Fund, 441 Fellsway West, Medford, MA 02155 or to the .

Published in The Tewksbury Advocate from Jan. 8 to Jan. 15, 2012
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