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In Memory of U.S. Marine Lance Corporal

Wayne Robert Barth

Bowdle, South Dakota, Edmunds County

 May 28, 1946 –April 24, 1967

Killed in Action in Vietnam


Wayne Robert Barth was born on April 28, 1946, in Bowdle, South Dakota, to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Barth. He had five sisters: Dianna, Nancy, Sherry, Janice, and Marlene, and three brothers: John, Troy, and Larry. Wayne went to school in Bowdle, graduating in 1964. After his graduation, he went to Lodi, California, to find work. He was a service station attendant before he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

In November of 1965, Wayne Barth joined the Marines. After his training, he was sent to Vietnam as a part of Company B, First Battalion, 9th Marine Division. In his last letter home shortly before his death, Lance Corporal Barth told his parents he was set to come home on leave on May 1.

On April 24, 1967, Lance Corporal Wayne Robert Barth was killed in action in Vietnam. Just shortly before, his parents had moved to Lodi, California. Several of Wayne’s siblings knew of his death before his parents did because their uncle, Walter, had been told when Marine Corps representatives came looking for Elmer and his wife. In fact, because the Marine Corps apparently thought his parents still lived in South Dakota, Wayne’s body was returned first to South Dakota.

Lance Corporal Wayne Robert Barth was buried with military honors at Cherokee Memorial Park, Lodi, California. Among his awards were the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, a Gold Star Lapel Pin, and the Campaign Ribbon of the Republic of Vietnam.

Wayne Barth is currently survived by his siblings: Dianna (Keith) Geist, Lodi, CA; Janice (Terry) Hofer, Java, SD; Larry (Delmar) Barth, Lodi; Marlene Erbe, Lodi; John (Janice) Barth, Idaho Falls, ID; Nancy (Henery) Ramirez, Lodi; Sherry (Rick) Searl, Aberdeen, SD; and Troy (Jaylene) Barth, Idaho Falls.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Slade Hansen, 7th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD, May 11, 2006. Information and approval for this entry were provided by Janice Hofer, Java.


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