Plymouth County

Pvt. Junior Herbert Barr




Waterloo Woman Hears
Son Dead of Battle Wounds

Mrs. Goldie Barr, 716 Bluff street, has received a telegram from the war department informing her that her son, Pvt. Junior Herbert Barr, 18, died Dec. 27 in a hospital in France as a result of wounds received Dec. 19 while serving with the infantry in France.

A native of Akron, Ia., Private Barr entered service in February, 1944, and went overseas in October. His mother came to Waterloo from Akron in June and is employed by the American Manufacturers Inc.

Surviving besides her are his father, Hayes Barr, three sisters, Murine, Betty Jean, and Frances, and one brother Robert, all of Akron.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Thursday, January 18, 1945, Page 5


Hayes Barr received a telegram from the War Department January 6, advising him that his son, Pvt. Junior Barr, had been slightly wounded in action in France, December 19. On January 16 another telegram advised Mr. Barr that his son had died as a result of his wounds on December 27. Pvt. Barr had been in service less than a year and had been overseas only about four months.

Source: LeMars Sentinel, January 19, 1945


Another name has been added to Akron’s growing list of war causalities this week. Hayes Barr and family were notified in a message from the War Department in Washington that his son, Pvt. Junior Herbert Barr, who was reported a week ago Saturday to have been slightly wounded in action with the U. S. armed forces in France on December 19, 1944, had passed away on December 27, 1944, which was just the day before his nineteenth birthday anniversary. Word of the young soldier’s death came as a grievous blow to Mr. Barr and family, and they have the sincere sympathy of the community in their bereavement, says the Akron Register-Tribune.

Junior Herbert Barr was born at St. Paul, Minn., December 28, 1925. At the age of four months he came with his parents to Hawarden, Ia. Where they lived for one and a half years and then moved to Akron, which has since been his home. He grew to young manhood here and enlisted in the Army on December 28, 1943, leaving for training February 14, 1944, at Camp Croft, S.C. Last August Pvt. Barr was home on a 15-day furlough, and a few days after returning to Camp Croft he was sent overseas to England and then to France, where he served his country in the armed forces and finally made the supreme sacrifice.

Those left to mourn his loss are, his father, Hayes Barr; three sisters, Maurine, Betty and Frances, and one brother, Robert, all of Akron; his mother, Mrs. Goldie Barr, of Waterloo, Iowa; and his grandmother, Mrs. Jennie Kelly, also of Waterloo, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, Jan. 22, 1945