Barker, James Dydley, PhM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1942-1943, PhM-0000, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
Service Years
1939 - 1943
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate

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Casualty Date
Nov 20, 1943
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
(HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Great Lakes, IL2nd Marine Division1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
  1940-1940, PhM-0000, (HM) Hospital Corpsman A School, Great Lakes, IL
  1942-1943, PhM-0000, 2nd Marine Division
  1942-1943, PhM-0000, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
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  Jun 22, 2012, General Photos
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to James Dudley Barker, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman with a Rifle Company of the First Battalion, Second Marines, SECOND Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces at Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, on 20 November 1943. Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Barker was seriously wounded while he was disembarking from an amphibious tractor on the strongly fortified Japanese beachhead. He refused medical attention and cared for his own wound. Undaunted by a constant hail of enemy machinegun and mortar fire, he administered first aid to wounded comrades on the beach in spite of his own intense pain. Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Barker was urged to seek protection in a nearby dugout with other casualties, but he remained at his post until he was mortally wounded by an enemy sniper. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Barker undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 328 (July 1944
Born: September 30, 1907 at Gebo, Wyoming
Home Town: Medical Lake, Washington

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