Barker, Jack Lamar, MAJ

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 1981, B Company, 101st Aviation Battalion
Service Years
1964 - 1971

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Waycross, GA
Last Address
Glendale, AZ

Casualty Date
Mar 20, 1971
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04W 059/ SECTION 60 SITE 8361

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1971, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Aviator Badge (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Brigade, Infantry Officer Basic Course (Fort Benning, GA), A
 Unit Assignments
101st Airborne Division 1st Aviation Brigade101st Aviation Battalion
  1970-1971, 1981, 101st Airborne Division
  1970-1971, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1971, 1981, B Company, 101st Aviation Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Lam Son 719
 Colleges Attended 
Stetson University
  1959-1962, Stetson University
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Last Known Activity

Major Jack Lamar Barker was a member of  B Company (Kingsmen) 17th Attack Helicopter Company, 101st Aviation Battalion (Ambl), 1st Aviation Brigade 101st Airborne Division. On March 20, 1971, he was flying in a Bell Iroquois Utility Helicopter (UH-1H) trying to extract ARVN troops from Laos, 20 west of Khe Sanh, when his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and crashed.  SOUTH EAST ASIA - GRID COORDINATES 163544N 1962513E  XD515352 

On March 20, 1971, Barker was piloting a UH-1H  (serial #66-16185)  Huey helicopter.  The aircraft was participating in a troop extraction mission in the Savannakhet Province of Laos. As the helicopter approached the landing zone, it was hit by heavy enemy ground fire.  It exploded in the air and there were no survivors.  Continued enemy activity in the area prevented any recovery attempts.

LAM SON 719 was a large offensive operation against NVA communications lines in Laos. The operation called for ARVN troops to drive west from Khe Sanh, cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail, seize Tchpone and return to Vietnam. The ARVN would provide and command the ground forces, while U.S. Army and Air Force would furnish aviation airlift and supporting firepower.

The 101st Airborne Division commanded all U.S. Army aviation units in direct support of the operation. Most of the first part of the operation, begun January 30, 1971, was called Operation DEWEY CANYON II, and was conducted byU.S. ground forces in Vietnam. The ARVN were halfway on February 11 and positioned for the attack across the Laotian border. On 8 February, ARVN began to push into Laos. The NVA reacted fiercely, but the ARVN held its positions supported by U.S. airstrikes and resupply runs by Army helicopters. President Nguyen Van Thieu ordered a helicopter assault on Tchepone, and the abandoned village was seized March 6. Two weeks of hard combat were necessary for the ARVN task force to fight its way back to Vietnam. Towards the end of the removal, a helicopter from Company B, 101st Aviation Battalion was lost.


Army Distinguished Service Cross Posthumous decoration. is presented to Jack Lamar Barker, Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company B, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). Also the DSC, DFC, Air Medal,  Bronze Star and Purple HeartMajor Barker distinguished himself while piloting an observation helicopter during extraction operations of South Vietnamese troops near Fire Support Base Brown, Laos. As his aircraft approached the pickup zone, the enemy unleashed a barrage of automatic weapons fire upon his helicopter, forcing the attempt to be aborted. On the second approach, the enemy flak was so intense that the rescue effort was again aborted. Sustaining severe battle damage to his aircraft, Major Barker flew his crippled airship back to Khe Sanh. Realizing that the wounded personnel needed immediate evacuation, Major Barker mounted another helicopter and again departed to the besieged pickup zone. As his aircraft made its final descent, it was struck by an enemy rocket propelled grenade round, causing the ship to explode in mid-air. Major barker expired in the ensuing crash.Major Barker's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


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