THE MEDAL OF HONOR-FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE!

Hello Family and Friends,

The Medal of Honor is our country’s highest military honor award for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.  It is

awarded for exceptional bravery in life-threatening situations and is often awarded posthumously.  Many have shed their blood

for freedom; yours and mine.  They did not count their lives dear unto themselves, but selflessly faced enemies of our country and

of  all we hold dear. Many paid the ultimate price, their very own lives.  They gave their lives that others may live in freedom.

 Freedom is never free!  One trait characterized by these great people is their humility.  Most said they didn’t do anything  their

friends in combat wouldn’t have done for them if afforded the same opportunity.

 

 

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“These special people  represent the very heart and soul of America.  They come from all walks of life and nearly every state in our

 great nation.  They truly reflect the ethnic, cultural, economic, and educational diversity of America…”

George Bush

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Each branch of the military  has its own medal.  The first one shown is for the Army; the second for the Navy and Marine Corps

and Coast Guard; the third is for the Air Force.

The medal is usually presented by the President at the White House in a formal ceremony intended to represent the gratitude of

the American people.  Since 1941, more than half of all the medals have been awarded posthumously.

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When you read a Louis L’Amour western, the good guy always wins against insurmountable odds.  He may be shot from his horse

and fall over a cliff.  He may be knocked out from his sustained injuries. The bad guys may be scouring the countryside for his

body, but he won’t be found.  Somehow in his stupor he may crawl to safety or be rescued by some Good Samaritan who happens

by.  His tended wounds heal quickly in the pure mountain air and his superior fitness aid his recovery.  He may still be somewhat

weak from his injuries but he will best the unbeaten bully in a boxing match, who is bigger and weighs more than he.  He is a hero

of uncommon courage but is unconscious of the fact.   He  has a great plan to outwit the bad guys who terrorized the town and

wins it back for the good people that in many  cases don’t even like him.  Its great and a good read, but it’s only fiction.

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We have heard it said that truth is stranger than fiction.  The heroism of  Captain Barber is such a story.  More thrilling and

exciting than any action drama because it is true!  The amazing heroism, courage, and audacity of this man and other Medal of

Honor winners is truly awe inspiring.

 

 

Captain William E. Barber

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 as Commanding Officer of

Company F, Second BattalionSeventh Marines,First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in

Korea from November 28, to December 2, 1950. Assigned to defend a three-mile mountain pass along the division’s main supply

line and commanding the only route of approach in the march from Yudam-Ni to Hagaru-ri, Captain Barber took position with

his battle weary troops and, before nightfall, had dug in and set up a defense along the frozen snow-covered hillside. When a force

of estimated regimental strength savagely attacked during the night, inflicting heavy casualties and finally surrounding his

position following a bitterly fought seven-hour conflict, Captain Barber, after repulsing the enemy, gave assurance that he could

hold if supplied by air drops and requested permission to stand fast when orders were received by radio to fight his way back to a

relieving force after two reinforcing units had been driven back under fierce resistance in their attempts to reach the isolated

troops. Aware that leaving the position would sever contact with the 8,000 Marines trapped at Yudam-ni and jeopardize their

chances of joining the 3,000 more awaiting their arrival in Hagaru-ri for the continued drive to the sea, he chose to risk loss of his

command rather than sacrifice more men if the enemy seized control and forced a renewed battle to regain the position, or

abandon his many wounded who were unable to walk. Although severely wounded in the leg the early morning of the 29th, Captain

Barber continued to maintain personal control, often moving up and down the lines on a stretcher to direct the defense and

consistently encouraging and inspiring his men to supreme efforts despite the staggering opposition. Waging desperate battle

throughout five days and six nights of repeated onslaughts launched by the fanatical aggressors, he and his heroic command

accounted for approximately 1,000 enemy dead in this epic stand in bitter sub-zero weather, and when the company was relieved,

only 82 of his original 220 men were able to walk away from the position so valiantly defended against insuperable odds. His

profound faith and courage, great personal valor and unwavering fortitude were decisive factors in the successful withdrawal of

 the division from the deathtrap in the Chosin Reservoir sector and reflect the highest credit upon Captain Barber, his intrepid

officers and men and the United States Naval Service.[5]

/S/HARRY S. TRUMAN

Col. Barber’s awards include:[1]

A light blue ribbon with five white five pointed stars
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Gold star

Bronze star

Bronze star

Bronze star

Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star

Bronze star

Captain Barber died in 2002 and was buried with full military honors at

ArlingtonNational Cemetery.

1stRow Medal of Honor
2nd Row Silver Star Legion of Merit w/ valor device Purple Heart w/ 1 award star Navy Presidential Unit Citation w/ 1 service star
3rd Row Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal American Defense Service Medal American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 service star
4th Row World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal w/ “Asia”clasp National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 service star Korean Service Medal w/ 3 service stars
5th Row Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 service star Korean Presidential Unit Citation United Nations Korea Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

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I truly appreciate our military and have had the privilege to work in the ministry and to serve the Lord with men and women of

all branches of the military except the Coast Guard.  Thank you for your service to this beautiful country, the United States of

America.

 

 

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May God bless the military and may He bless America.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

 

 

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