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Woodrow Wilson Barr

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Woodrow Wilson Barr
Born(1918-06-08)June 8, 1918
Keyser, West Virginia
DiedAugust 7, 1942(1942-08-07) (aged 24)
KIA at Tulagi
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1942
RankPrivate First Class
Unit1st Raider Battalion
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsSilver Star
Purple Heart

Woodrow Wilson Barr (June 8, 1918 – August 7, 1942) was a United States Marine with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion. He was killed in action at Tulagi, Solomon Islands, August 7, 1942 — and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal for his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepedity in action" during the action at Tulagi.


Woodrow Barr was born on June 8, 1918 in Keyser, West Virginia. He graduated from Parsons High School; and following graduation worked for four years before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps on January 13, 1942. He completed his recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, followed by training at Quantico.

He was deployed to the Pacific Theatre as a part of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion. Barr was one of 45 Marines who were killed in action during the U.S. recapture of Tulagi from the Japanese on August 7, 1942.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Barr was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.


The USS Barr (APD-39), a United States Navy Buckley-class destroyer escort commissioned in 1944, was named for Woodrow Wilson Barr. In 2012, legislation introduced to the West Virginia House of Delegates by Representative Gary Howell of Mineral County, named a bridge on US Route 50 in Burlington in honor of Barr.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics Biography AND World War II : Alex Penkala, Edwin William Hurst, Willis Ricketts, Edwin Pepping, Frank Perconte, Clancy Lyall, Stanley G. Benner

Other articles of the topic Biography : Luke Giverin, Francisco Mercado Jr., Jodie Foster, Ritu Lalit, Vanessa Lemgruber, Valeria Altobelli, Nova Firoze

Other articles of the topic World War II : Willis Ricketts, Thomas Mack Wilhoite, Richard S. Baron, Andrew F. Cook Jr., Paul Rogers (soldier), Clarence Lee Evans, Pedro Rodríguez (soldier)
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  1. "Conquest of Tulagi".
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
  • Woodrow Wilson Barr, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy. Retrieved on 2006-07-17.
  • "World War II Deaths" (republished by Tucker County West Virginia US GenWeb). Parsons Advocate. October 4, 1945. Retrieved 2006-07-17.. Contains obituary of PFC Woodrow Barr, who was from Tucker County, West Virginia.

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