Oral History interview of Richard Barber. Interview conducted by Irby, Travis; Leavey, Shannon at Mr. Barber's residence, Chuluota FL.
0:28 April 1945, Bukinwald Concentration Camp; 1:49 War Ends; 2:20 Fight in Norway, 5 months; 3:30 Home at end of 1945; 3:41 Replacement Camp, Ft Devons, MA; 4:01 Trainer for Korean War; 4:19 1950, Tokyo to train South Korean soldiers; 4:50 Incheon, Hung Nam Landings, fight in Seoul; 5:08 Town of Tegu fighting; 6:41 Bronze Star for Valor, Hand to Hand Combat; 7:21 Injured in mine field; 8:00 Cheorwan; 10:20 Lose foot to mine; 10:49 Tokyo courier Helicopter find and saves life; 11:20 Hospital – injury, treatment, entertainment; 13:53 Supply Sergeant for two years, then medically retire; 14:20 Enlistment for WWII; brothers in service; 15:19 First days of service at Camp Hood, Texas; 15:58 665 Tank Destroyer Battalion; 16:55 Joins the First Special Service Force; 17:59 Specialize in hand to hand combat; 18:15 First jobs in France and Italy; 18:38 Mecina; 19:00 Naples, first bad combat; 20:10 Rome; 20:30 Battle of Dunkirk; Devil's Brigade; 21:25 Land on French side of Montecarlo; 22:00 442nd Japanese American Battalion; 22:50 Normandy, work with Sword beach; 23:30 Liege, Belgium into Auchen Germany; 25:00 Salt mine filled with treasure; 25:40 Replacement Camp, war almost over; 26:00 Fight in Norway; 28:20 Time spent in Oslo, Norway; 30:50 Legion of Honor; 35:40 Almost Court Marshaled, wouldn't ask men to do something dangerous; 37:50 Camp Liberator of Bukinwald; Holocaust Resource Center; speaking engagements; 50:25 Learn he had saved Elie Wiesel
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II; Korean Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Begin/End date of Service - 2nd
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
1st Special Service Force; 10th Field Artillery; 474th Field Regiment Norway; 665rd Tank Destroyer Battalion
Location of Service
Camp Hood (Tex.); Africa (Italy); France; Belgium; Germany; Norway; Tokyo (Japan); Fort Devens (Mass.)
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Battle of Dunkirk
Bronze Star Medal
See video for details.
The veteran was part of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. He served as a supply sergeant.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Irby, Travis; Leavey, Shannon
Location of Interview
Mr. Barber's residence, Chuluota FL.
Barber, Richard L.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Irby, Travis; Leavey, Shannon
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Barber, Richard L. interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 68.