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Charles Sherman Barker

Charles Sherman Barker

Purple HeartPrisoner of War Medal

Rank/Rate Seaman, First Class
Service Number 381 28 78
Birth Date June 1, 1921
From San Diego, California
Decorations Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal
Ship USS Canopus (AS-9)
Date of Death February 11, 1943
Location Osaka Main Camp Chikko Osaka 34-135, Japan
Circumstances Died of Acute Colitis
Remarks Charles was born in Casa Grande, Arizona, but lived most of his life in San Diego, California. He had previously been assigned to the USS Pickerel (SS-177). Based on discussion with the family, who had talked to a USS Canopus survivor, is it believed that Charles likely took ill on the “Hell Ship” that transported him to the Osaka POW camp. His remains were recovered and buried at the Manila American Cemetery (Block E, Row 5, Grave 32) at Fort McKinley, Manilla, Philippine Islands.

Photo courtesy of Kathy Trudersheim, niece. Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer. 


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