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Ray Wehnes Barker
Major General, United States Army
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Biography and Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs: June 2007

Ray Wehnes Barker (1889-1974)

Born on December 10, 1889 in New York City. Enlisted service with the 15th Cavalry 1910-1913. Commissioned in the Cavalry in 1913. Served with the Punitive Expedition into Mexico 1916-1917. Transferred to the field artillery and accompanied the 13th Field Artillery to France in World War I, taking part in the Marne-Vesle and Meuse-Argonne offensives.

Graduated from Command and General Staff School in 1928 and the Army War College in 1940.

Commanding Officer of 31th Field Artillery June 1940-April 1941 and 30th Field Artillery June 1941-April 1942. Brigadier General in July 1942. Deputy Chief of Staff, the Assistant Chief of Staff of European Theater of Operations 1942-1945. Major General in June 1943.

Retired in February 1947.

Decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Bronze Star. Died on June 1, 1974.
 
RW Barker Gravesite PHOTO

BARKER, RAY W
Major General, United States Army
DATE OF BIRTH: 12/10/1889
DATE OF DEATH: 06/28/1974
BURIED AT: SECTION 30  SITE 610
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY


Posted: 3 June 2007
Distinguished Service Medal
 
 
 
 

Legion of Merit
 
 
 
 
 

Bronze Star Medal