John Robertson

Staff member
Alexander W.
  • UNIT
5 Ranger Bn (HQ & HQ Company - Medical Detachment)
  • RANK
Private First Class
Distinguished Service Cross
Normandy 1944
resided Johnstown, Pennsylvania
born 23.02.1924, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
4 years high school
civil occupation technicians, except laboratory
single without dependents upon enlistment
06.03.1943 entered service Altoona, Pennsylvania
02.1945 WIA
promoted T3
1950 resided Baltimore, Maryland
died 14.10.1986 (Aged 62)
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA. Section 60, Site 7559


Distinguished Service Cross : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Alexander W. Barber (ASN: 33575048), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as a Medical Aidman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Private First Class Barber landed with his medical unit on the coast of France at a time when the beach was under heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire. Numerous casualties had already been inflicted by this devastating fire. In spite of this heavy fire, Private First Class Barber constantly exposed himself to the direct fire of the enemy as he went along the beach administering aid to the wounded. On one occasion he took a horse and cart into the middle of an artillery barrage to bring out three men who had been wounded. Private First Class Barber's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


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