Joseph R. Barker, Jr.

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NAME:
Joseph Robert Barker, Jr.
NICKNAME:
SERVICE NUMBER:
929481
HOME OF RECORD:
Joplin, MO
NEXT OF KIN:
Parents, Joseph & Sue Barker
DATE OF BIRTH:
9/23/1925
SERVICE DATES:
12/29/1943 – 1946
DATE OF DEATH:
7/26/1989
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE RESULT
None Served C/1/24 522 PFC  
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Corporal

Joseph Barker was drafted into the Marine Corps in December, 1943, at the age of eighteen. After completing boot camp, he spent a year standing guard at a Naval Ammunition Depot in Oahu before being assigned to a combat unit.

PFC Barker joined Charlie Company, 24th Marines in the late summer of 1945. He trained with them for a few weeks before the war ended; when the company disbanded, Barker was sent to San Diego for reassignment. He was eventually discharged with the rank of corporal.

Few details of Barker’s life after the war are available, but when he died in 1989 he was buried in a special section of Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hugo, Oklahoma – “Showman’s Rest.” This section is reserved for circus performers; Hugo is nicknamed “Circus City USA” for the traveling shows that winter in its temperate climate. Barker was likely involved with one of the troupes that passed through the town.

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