Barger, Ferdinand Ora, Jr., LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
9305-Psychological Operations Officer
Last MOS Group
Civil Affairs (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, Field Advisory Element MACV
Service Years
1948 - 1968


Lieutenant Colonel

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bakersfield, CA
Last Address
Bakersfield, CA

Casualty Date
Sep 04, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Elmwood Cemetery - Columbia, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
45W 035

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
US NavyMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1948-1950, US Navy
  1968-1968, Field Advisory Element MACV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1952-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Ferdinand Ora Barger, Jr. (ASN: 0-70262/2028661), United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of the 7th Infantry Division, in action near Sang-Gasan, Korea, on 8 October 1952.
General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 78 (February 24, 1953)

Action Date: October 8, 1952

Service: Army

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Division: 7th Infantry Division

Legion of Merit

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pride in presenting the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Ferdinand Ora Barger, Jr. (ASN: 0-70262/2028661), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States during the period 10 July 1968 to 4 September 1968, while serving as Psychological Warfare Advisor, Advisory Team 1, United States Army Advisory Group, I Corps Tactical Zone, Republic of Vietnam. During that period, while serving as Psychological Warfare Advisor to Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam, Colonel Barger demonstrated courage, initiative, and ability far beyond that normally required by the position. By exhibiting professional competence and intense devotion to duty during the long and arduous hours he worked, he set an example that inspired his associates to strive for maximum achievement. He immediately established his effectiveness upon arrival in the province, visiting all districts of the province to spur local leaders to greater, more meaningful activity. Colonel Barger supervised the printing of newspapers, distribution of films, dissemination of leaflets, and production of radio programs, which brought the message of freedom to the Vietnamese citizens of the province. As a deep believer in teamwork and cooperation, he met great success in persuading military personnel and civilians, Americans and Vietnamese, to work harmoniously and effectively. He firmly believed he could not carry out his responsibilities from behind a desk in Quang Nam City; he traveled widely and frequently to remote areas of the province, seeking out the problems and solving them. Lieutenant Colonel Barger's professional competence and outstanding achievements were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Action Date: July 10 - September 4, 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

3rd PsyOps Bn dedicated a classroom to LTC Barger. 
US Navy from 18 May 48 to 21 Aug 50
Enlisted 22 Aug 50 to 23 Nov 51 2lt Inf USAR
24 Nov 51 to 1lt AUS
28 Jan 53 RA 2lt Inf
12 Mar 54D/R 24 Nov 51 to 1lt 24 Nov 54 PL 18362
to Capt AUS 15 Aug 57 to Capt RA 24 Nov 58 PL 19777
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