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First Name: Jedh

Last Name: Barker

Birthplace: Franklin, NH, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Marines (present)



Middle Name: Colby



Date of Birth: 20 June 1945

Date of Death: 21 September 1967

Rank: Lance Corporal

Years Served: 1966-1967
Jedh Colby Barker

   
Engagements:
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)

Biography:

Jedh Colby Barker
Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Jedh Colby Barker (20 June 1945 - 21 September 1967) was a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War in September 1967.

Barker was born on 20 June 1945, in Franklin, NH. At the age of six, he moved with his parents to Park Ridge, NJ, where he graduated from grammar school in 1960 and from Park Ridge High School in 1964, where he was captain of the football and baseball teams. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, East Rutherford, NJ, and then Missouri State College in Kirksville, MO, until May 1966.

On 20 June 1966, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He was a member of the Special Volunteer Reserve, 1st Marine Corps District, New York, NY, until discharged to enlist in the regular Marine Corps on 5 October 1966.

After completion of recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC, in December 1966, he underwent individual combat training and weapons special training with the 2nd Infantry Training Battalion, 1st Infantry Training Regiment, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC. He was promoted to Private First Class on 1 December 1966, while undergoing individual combat training.

In March 1967, PFC Barker joined Marine Air Base Squadron 21, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, San Francisco, CA, and served as group guard until the following June.

Reassigned as a machine gunner with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 1 September 1967. While on Operation Kingfisher, southeast of Con Thien near Phu Oc, the Battalion that morning was ambushed by regiments of the 324B Division. Barker was killed in action on 21 September 1967, while on patrol.

Medal of Honor

The President of the United States in the name of the Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

LANCE CORPORAL JEDH C. BARKER
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following 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, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 21 September 1967. During a reconnaissance operation near Con Thien, Corporal 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, Corporal 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 Corporal 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 own personal safety, Corporal Barker threw himself upon the deadly grenade, absorbing with his own 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 United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

/S/RICHARD M. NIXON

Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Barker's Medal of Honor was presented to his family by Vice President Spiro Agnew in ceremonies held on 31 October 1969.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
Presidential Unit Citation
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Jedh Colby Barker's name is inscribed on Panel 26E Line 099.

Death and Burial

Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Barker was killed in action on 21 September 1967. He is buried at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ. His grave is located at Block M, Lot 63, Section A, Grave 2.



Honoree ID: 889   Created by: MHOH

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