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|31k||The three Barber brothers; Malcolm John (22), LeRoy Kenneth (21), and Randolph Harold (19) were the sons of Peter and Gertrude Barber of New London, Wisconsin. Malcolm and
Leroy enlisted in the Navy on 08 May 1940 at Chicago, Ill. Following training at Great Lakes, Ill., Malcolm was assigned to USS Colorado (BB 45), and Leroy was assigned to
USS Oklahoma (BB 37). Youngest brother Randolph enlisted in the Navy a few months later and initially was also assigned to Colorado. The boys communicated regularly
and Leroy told them that duty on Oklahoma was better than most other ships. They were reunited when Malcolm was transferred to Oklahoma on 27 August 1940,
and Randolph joined them on 11 November 1940. Each was advanced in rate; LeRoy and Malcolm became firemen, first class, and Randolph, fireman, second class. The brothers were on board
Oklahoma the morning of 07 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 02 December 2007 article in the Sheboygan Press by Bill Wangemann)
On Wednesday, 10 June 2021, the U.S. military announced that it had identified the remains of all three Barber brothers.
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)
|159k||04 May 1943: Norfolk, Va. - The future USS Barber (DE 161) on the Destroyer Building Ways, south of Drydock 4. In the distance is the north end of Bldg 163.||Brian Baird|
|225k||20 May 1943: Norfolk, Va. - The future USS Barber under construction at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
(U.S. Navy photo #NHS-112-C)
|View the USS Barber (DE 161 / APD 57) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|Barber's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 10 Oct. 1943 - 01 Nov. 1944||Lt. Eugene Thomas Bradley Sullivan, USN (Comm. CO) (Los Angeles, Cal.)|
|2.) 01 Dec. 1944 - 01 Dec. 1945||Lt. D‘Arcy Virginius Shouldice (prior enl.) (Alexandria, Va.)|
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