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|31k||The three Barber brothers; Malcolm John, LeRoy Kenneth, and Randolph Harold, enlisted in the Navy in 1940 at Chicago, Ill.; and, following training at Great Lakes, Ill., all were assigned to USS Oklahoma (BB 37). Each was advanced in rate; LeRoy and Malcolm became firemen, first class, and Randolph, fireman, second class. The brothers were on board Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 when the Japanese attacked, and all three perished when she capsized at her berth along Ford Island.
"Soon stories of tragic losses began to fill the newspapers and dampen the holiday spirit. Perhaps none were more tragic than the story of Gertrude and Peter Barber of New London, Wis., whose three sons, LeRoy, Malcom and Randolph, were all stationed at Pearl Harbor, when Japan attacked. It was not uncommon in those days for members of the same family to be stationed on the same ship or military post. The Barber brothers were all crewmen on the USS Oklahoma. In December 1941, the Barber family received a photograph of the three young sailors. The boys had their picture taken and mailed it to their parents as a Christmas gift. When it arrived at the Barber home the envelope was postmarked, Dec. 5, 1941. On Dec. 21, a solemn-faced police officer delivered a telegram from the War Department informing the Barbers that all three of their sons were missing and presumed dead". (From a 2 December 2007 article in the Sheboygan Press by Bill Wangemann)
USS Barber (DE 161) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in their honor. (Photo from The Official Web Site of the USS Oklahoma BB 37 thanks to Kevin King)
|225k||20 May 1943: Norfolk, Va. - USS Barber under construction at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. (U.S. Navy photo #NHS-112-C)||Nick Tiberio|
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