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.
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
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