Pic of the Day/The Barber Brothers

According to a story in today’s Appleton Post Crescent, three brothers from New London, ages 22, 21 and 19, were aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was bombed at Pearl Harbor 80 years ago today. Their father had written the Navy just two weeks before the attack, asking that his sons be split up to avoid just such a blow. The remains of Malcolm, Leroy and Randolph Barber were not identified until this year and they were finally laid to rest in New London this autumn. A fourth Barber son joined the Navy a year after the attack and survived the war.


Published by dave cieslewicz

Madison/Upper Peninsula based writer. Mayor of Madison, WI from 2003 to 2011.

One thought on “Pic of the Day/The Barber Brothers

  1. “In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.” — Herodotus

    Another thought provoking post, on your part.


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