Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
November 30, 1919 at Dehart, KY
Entered Service in the US
Marine Corps from West Liberty, KY
19, 2002 at the age of 83
The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism on December
02, 1950 at Chosin Reservoir, Korea
defend a 3-mile mountain pass along the division's main supply
line and commanding the only route of approach in the march from
Yudam-ni to Hagaru-ri, Captain Barber took position with his
battle-weary troops and, before nightfall, had dug in. When a
force of regimental strength attacked during the night, inflicting
heavy casualties and finally surrounding his position following a
bitterly fought 7-hour conflict, Captain Barber, gave assurance
that he could hold if supplied by airdrops and requested
permission to stand fast after 2 reinforcing units had been driven
back under fierce resistance in their attempts to reach the
isolated troops. Captain Barber continued to maintain personal
control, often moving up and down the lines on a stretcher to
direct the defense and consistently encouraging and inspiring his
men to supreme efforts despite the staggering opposition. Waging
desperate battle throughout five days and six nights of repeated
onslaughts launched by the fanatical aggressors, he and his heroic
command accounted for approximately 1,000 enemy dead in this epic
stand in bitter subzero weather, and when the company was relieved
only two of his original 220 men were able to walk away from the
position so valiantly defended against insuperable odds.