Colonel Rex T. Barber, U.S.A.
Citation: Navy Cross
War: World War II
COLONEL (then Captain) REX T. BARBER, for extraordinary heroism while attached to a Marine Fighter Command in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on April 18, 1943. Participating in a dangerously long interception flight, First Lieutenant Barber contacted a formation of two enemy bombers escorted by six fighters in a complete surprise approach. Quickly engaging the enemy, he pressed his tactical advantage and struck fiercely, destroying one Japanese bomber at such close range that fragments from the explosion lodged in the wings of his plane, and shooting down the escorting enemy fighter plane which had been attempting to divert the attack. His brillant airmanship and determined fighting spirit throughout a daring and vital mission were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Armed Services.
Colonel Barber is best known for his shooting down of the Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (the architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor). Col. Barber resided in Oregon. He passed away in 2001.