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Vietnam War - U.S. Marine Corps

Jedh Colby Barker

Details
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company F, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines,
    3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 21, 1967
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Con Thein, Republic of Vietnam
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 LCpl. 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 machine gun. 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 reflect great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps, and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient Jedh C. Barker
Medal of Honor Recipient Jedh C. Barker
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Park Ridge, Bergen County, New Jersey
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: October 31, 1969
    The White House, presented by Vice Pres. Spiro T. Agnew to his family
  • Born: June 20, 1945, Franklin, Merrimack County, NH, United States
  • Died: September 21, 1967, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: George Washington Memorial Cemetery (MH) (N-63-A-2), Paramus, NJ, United States
 

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