Barber, Willis Albert, ARM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
ARM-0000-Aviation Radioman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Radioman
Primary Unit
1942-1945, ARM-0000, USS Cleveland (CL-55)
Service Years
1941 - 1945
ARM-Aviation Radioman

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Concord, NC

Date of Passing
Dec 03, 2007
Location of Interment
Remains Cremated, United States
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Ashes scattered on a golf course in Greenville, SC

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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 Duty Stations
School Assignments - StaffNAS Quonset PointUSS Cleveland (CL-55)
  1942-1942, YN-0000, Receiving Station School for Transient Personnel School
  1942-1942, YN-0000, NAS Quonset Point
  1942-1945, ARM-0000, USS Cleveland (CL-55)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1943-1943 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of Rennel Island
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Blackett Strait
  1943-1943 Treasury-Bougainville Operation/Battle of Empress Augusta Bay
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Service Dates
  USS Cleveland CL55 Organization
  Jul 03, 2013, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Married Ellen McClellan from hometown.  Raised four sons and died surrounded by his entire family including four grandchildren.
Retired in 1981 after a long career in Textile Management (Cotton Procurement).
Active Golfer until 1990s, avid gin player.  Move to a retirement home in Mt. Pleasant, SC in early 2000s.  Died after several months of declining health at the age of 88.
Other Comments:
Willis Barber enter the service in December 19, 1941 Shortly after Pearl Harbor in the V-6 Program which is enlisted for the duration of the war only .

He was next recorded in the US Navy Muster Reports in January 1942.  as being at the Naval Air Station at Quonset Point fro training, Curios that the fact the he was Yeoman 3rd Class Petty Officer E-4. During WW2 if you had good skills you were ranked high as enlisted.  He was attached to Naval Air attached me from January to August for training in 1942.

Aug 1942 he was sent to the USS Cleveland CL-55 as part of the Aviation Attachment.  This was  US Navy Cruiser but had 4 Curtiss SOC Seagull seaplanes. He was still listed as yeoman until 13 Sept 1943 when his rate was changed from Y3C (Yeoman 3rd Class Petty Officer) to ARM3 (Aviation Radioman 3rd Class Petty Officer) 

November 4 to December 6, 1943 the was head Temporay Duty at Halavo Air Station Halavo Bay on Florida Island in the Solomons. 

May 1, 1944 he was promoted to  ARM2C (Avaiation Radioman 2nd Class Petty Officer) on the USS Cleveland.

From Octber  21 to December 15, 1944  many members of the crew, including Bill, were temporarily based ashore at US Naval Air Station Terminal Island in San Pedro, CA.

Febuary 1, 1945 He was promoted to ARM1c (Avaiation Radioman 1st Class Petty Officer) on the USS Cleveland.

March 10, 1945 Bill Was transferred to Commander Fleet Air in Califonia for reassignment.  There are not futher muster reports for him after this date.

All above information was from U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949. 
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