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Veteran: Barnhill, Willie James

This information is contributed by Bill Barnhill.

Willie James Barnhill
Son of: Willie Don and Ella Lee Wallace Barnhill
Residence: Atkinson, Pender Co., NC

Military Service:
Accepted for enlistment at Wilmington, New Hanover County, NC
Enlisted in service in Raleigh, NC for a period of four years 9/9/1941
US Navy Service # 656 06 59
Entered the service at Norfolk Naval Center, Norfolk, Virginia 9/9/1941
Served on Battleship, USS North Carolina – The “Showboat”
Discharged honorably 10/19/1942 to enlist in regular Navy for 6 years
Promoted to Seaman 1st Class 10/01/1942
Promoted to COX, 3/1/1944
Promoted to BM2C(T), 9/1/1945
Discharged 10/19/1948 Washington, DC (Net Service 7 yrs, 1 mo., 11 days)
Reenlisted 10/20/1948 for four years
Enlistment involuntarily extended for a period of (9) mos. to expire on Jul 19, 1953
Honorably discharged Jul 19, 1953 with 11 years, 10 months, 11 days of service
(Home address at time of discharge: 1541 York Ave, New York, NY)

Medals/Ribbons Awarded
Good Conduct Medal (Navy w/1 Bronze Star) 9/8/1944
World War II Victory Medal 11/7/1947
American Defense Service Medal 8/18/1948
American Campaign Medal 8/18/1948
Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/Silver Stars 8/18/1948
Honorable Service Lapel Pin (Ruptured Duck) 9/8/1947
Philippine Ribbon (Liberation w/1 Bronze Star)
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippine)

He was in Tokyo Bay aboard the “USS North Carolina” for the surrender of the Japanese.

Veteran: Barnhill, SL

Information contributed by Bill Barnhill

S. L. Barnhill

Son of Willie Don Barnhill and Ella Lee Wallace Barnhill
Husband of Ophelia Almond

Born Dec. 28, 1919
Caswell Township, Pender County North Carolina
Died Aug. 12, 1974
Buried in Riley’s Creek Community Cemetery

Entered the US Army, January 28, 1942
Stationed on the West Coast
Sent overseas for 2 years, 13 days
Served in New Guinea, Southern Phillipines
Honorable discharge, December 1, 1945