Barker, Frank Akeley, Jr., LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1542, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
Service Years
1950 - 1968


Special Forces
Lieutenant Colonel

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Haven, CT
Last Address
New Haven, CT

Casualty Date
Jun 13, 1968
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
57W, 6/Sect 34, Site 2083

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Post 10040, North Hollywood-Sun Valley PostThe National Gold Star Family RegistryVietnam Veterans Memorial
  2019, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 10040, North Hollywood-Sun Valley Post (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) (Sun Valley, California) - Chap. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Master Parachutist
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment23rd Infantry Division (Americal)11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1967-1968, 1542, HHC, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment
  1967-1968, 1542, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1967-1968, 1542, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Frank Akeley Barker, Jr. was born on January 26, 1928 and joined the Armed Forces while in New Haven, Connecticut.  He served in the United States Army and in 18 years of service, he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. On June 13, 1968, at the age of 40, Frank Akeley Barker, Jr.  perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Quang Ngai. NOTE: Colonel Barker was the Battalion Commander at the My-Lai "Massacre," but was killed before the incident was made public. 

On 16 March 1968, at about 0800, soldiers of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry of the Americal Division assaulted a hamlet in South Vietnam's Quang Ngai Province called by the Vietnamese Thuan Yen but known to the Americans as My Lai 4. On this morning, Charlie company was part of a temporarily assembled strike force called Task Force (TF) Barker, named for its commander Lieutenant Colonel Frank Barker. The mission of TF Barker was to locate and destroy Vietcong main-force combat units in an area on the coast of the South China Sea known to be a VC political and military stronghold. The company met no resistance as it assaulted the hamlet, but by noon every living thing in My Lai that the troops could find men, women, children, and livestock was dead.
According to South and North Vietnamese sources, 504 civilians were killed in and around My Lai. Charlie Company suffered one casualty, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the foot. The company's after-action report claimed 128 enemy killed and three weapons recovered.
For over a year, the event lay dormant, but after a letter was sent to the Army and members of Congress by a recently-discharged soldier, the Army began an investigation and Seymour Hersh broke the story in the press. A number of soldiers from Charlie Company were charged with murder. All were acquitted or had their charges dropped except for Lieutenant William Calley, a Charlie Company platoon commander, who was convicted of premeditated murder by a court martial and sentenced to life imprisonment. After various reviews and appeals, he served only four and a half months. Twelve officers were accused of covering up the incident. Only one was tried by court-martial, and he was acquitted.

Additional information about this casualty: In 1993, a Vietnamese man searching for aluminum scrap at the crash site discovered human remains. Army investigators and a Vietnamese support team went in, and they found bits of bone and scraps of metal, fragments from the crash. Carter had been the only crew member not positively identified years earlier. The purpose of the original mission was to take LTC Frank A. Barker, Jr. to find two companies from his battalion that had been pinned down by the Viet Cong. He found them and called in Air Force aerial support. While the helicopter hovered nearby, the Air Force jets thundered in, bombing the Viet Cong. One plane got hit and spun into the helicopter causing both to crash. No one survived. Rescue crews found the Air Force pilot with a bullet through his head. From Sun-Sentinel, Sunday, October 8, 1995
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