Barry, John, Jr., LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 131X, VF-15 Satans Playmates
Service Years
1940 - 1944

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wilmington, North Carolina
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 09, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Order of the Shellback

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The National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  1944, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1944, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen

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 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLNAS Miami, FLSchool Assignments - StaffNAS Atlantic City
VF-15 Satans Playmates
  1940-1941, 000X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1941, 630X, NAS Miami, FL
  1943-1943, 131X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Kingsville, TX
  1943-1943, 131X, NAS Atlantic City
  1943-1944, 131X, VF-15 Satans Playmates
  1944-1944, 131X, VF-15 Satans Playmates
  1944-1944, 131X, VF-15 Satans Playmates
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
North Carolina State University
  1935-1937, Belmont Abbey College
  1937-1940, North Carolina State University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Mar 29, 2019, General Photos4
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Last Known Activity

Attached to  VF-15 attacking Japanese forces in the Philippine Islands.

His first Kill - a Japanese Betty (Mistsubishi Betty) Mitsubishi G4M1 Attack Bomber on June 13, 1944. 

He was reported lost and KIA Sept 9, 1944.

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John Edmund Barry Jr. wrote in his journal April 4 1942 "I grew up in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Have never been away from the water". 
John went to college at Belmont Abbey Junior College, Belmont, North Carolina and received his degree in 1937. He enrolled at North Carolina State College in Raleigh, North Carolina. He majored in Textile Chemistry and Dyes. He was a member of the Alpha Kappa Pi Fraternity, on the wrestling, baseball and football teams.

October 28, 1940 he was sworn in Glenview, Ill., E Base.

He  completed flight school in Pensacola, Florida, Flight Class 161-C  in 1941, according to The Flight Jacket 1941.

February 10, 1941, Pensacola, Florida, Aviation Cadet,

September 27, 1941,  Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida, Ensign.

September 27, 1941, Kingsville, Texas, Lt(j.g.), Instrument instructor in SNJ 4  advanced dive bomber trainer.

October 1,1942, Kingsville, Texas, Lt(j.g.) Instrument instructor in SNJ 4  advanced dive bomber trainer. 

July 2, 1943. Naval Air Training Center, U.S. Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Letter of Commendation by A.E MONTGOMERY, Rear Admiral U.S.N.

September 17, 1943 Norfolk Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia.

September 25, 1943, Married Olive E. Hennessee in Pinehurst, North Carolina. 

October 1, 1943, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Lieutenant.

November !4, 1943, Fighter Squadron VF 15, F6F 3, Hellcat. Moved to Pungo, Virginia.

January 13,1944,  USS Hornet CV 12, Norfolk ,Virginia.

March 4, 1944,USS Hornet CV 12, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

March 10, 1944, Pu'unene,  Maui, Hawaii. 

May 3, 1944, USS Essex CV 9.

May 19,1944, First day of Battle  aboard the USS Essex CV 9.

June 13, 1944, John's first kill a Japanese "Betty" a Mitsubishi GAM1 medium twin engine attack bomber, 8-10 crew.

September 9, 1944, Combat, Beslig Bay, Mindanoa, Philippines. K.I.A.

November 11,1944   A personal letter to Mrs. John E. Barry from Lt. Edward W. Overton Jr. who was on John's Combat strike on the  September 9 morning off Mindanoa. Philippines. He wrote a thoughtful and poignant letter to Olive, John's wife, hoping he could ease her thoughts on how it happened.

“Johnny was doing a magnificent job when it happened. He was strafing, very low, and his target blew up, and he went right in. There just wasn’t a chance for him to get out, and please believe me, - it was terribly quick.” Lt. Overton goes on to say “He was one of the best, and always did a wonderful job. Personally, and every way, Olive, we miss him so much. He always fought with all he had, and I’m terribly proud to have fought with him. Ever Sincerely, Ted.”        

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