Owen Merton Barber
2nd Marine Raider Battalion
|HOME OF RECORD
|NEXT OF KIN
Father, Mr. Albert M. Barber
|DATE OF BIRTH
July 26, 1922
January 5, 1942
|DATE OF LOSS
November 11, 1942
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / “The Long Patrol”
Killed In Action
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
Private Owen M. Barber was a member of “Carlson’s Raiders” who participated in the Long Patrol on Guadalcanal.
On 11 November 1942, the Raiders sent out aggressive patrols between the villages of Binu and Asamana, Guadalcanal. At about 1100 hours, the point squad of Company C ran into a fortified Japanese unit guarding the approaches to Asamana itself.
Private Barber was wounded in the ambush and attempted to hide in the tall grass. He was found by a group of Japanese soldiers, who tortured him to death and mutilated his body. Barber’s remains were found the next day, and buried in the field near Asamana.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Buried in the field
South Macon Township Cemetery, Macon, IL
Manila American Cemetery
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I eventually came across a pathway someone else had made during “C” Company’s initial engagement earlier in the day and I followed that, hoping it would take me in the right direction. That is how I happened to stumble onto the trampled-down growth of kunai where Owen Barber, one of “C” Company’s brave young Raiders, had come to the end of his stay with us here on earth. One quick glance told me all that I will ever need to know about the insanity of war or the misguided notions of the sick individuals who attempt to glorify it.
The memory of Guadalcanal that will forever remain with me is the vile taste of vomit that filled my throat at the sight of the decapitated torso that confronted me in that clearing. If I live to be a hundred I won’t forget the revulsion I felt at that moment or the wave of anger that swept over me at the sight of the mutilated remains displayed with profane disregard for all that should be held decent within the brotherhood of man.
– George “Mac” McClanahan, 2nd Raider Battalion, in his memoir Tojo And Me
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