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Second Lieutenant
Manville L. Barb
Class of 2001

Silver Star
United States Army


For gallantry in action.

Second Lieutenant Barb distinguished himself by heroic actions on 28 October 1967, while serving as a platoon leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry on a combat operation in the Republic of Vietnam. Lieutenant Barb's unit assaulted a strongly fortified Viet Cong base camp in the Boi Loi Woods and sustained numerous casualties during the assault. Lieutenant Barb led his men on a second assault in an attempt to eliminate a key enemy bunker which was inflicting heavy casualties upon the friendly forces. Although aware that the position was covered by enemy sniper fire, he personally led his platoon forward while skillfully deploying his men into an assault line. In the gathering dusk, Lieutenant Barb initiated the assault by firing his weapon and throwing hand grenades upon the hostile emplacements. Completely disregarding the intense enemy fire, Lieutenant Barb continued to move forward while encouraging his men and directing their fire. Having obtained a position within twenty feet of the enemy emplacements, Lieutenant Barb was mortally wounded by the intense hostile fire. Due to Lieutenant Barb's valorous actions and outstanding leadership, the enemy positions were overrun and the mission successfully completed. Lieutenant Barb's personal bravery, aggressiveness, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
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