Albert Barbee was born in 1915 in Georgia to Alfred King Barbee and Doshia Lee Locke.
Private First Class Albert Barbee was assigned to Company E, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. At the time of his death the Division was involved in the Rhineland. He was killed in action on 3 March 1945, and was awarded the Silver Star on that date. He is interred at F,11,31 Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.
The Chattanooga Daily Times, 13 October 1945
A Silver Star for gallantry in action, posthumously awarded by the army to Pfc. Albert Barbee, 30, of Harrison, Route 1, was presented to Barbee’s mother, Mrs. Dashie L.B. Dill, 912 Stewart Street, East Chattanooga, at the post chapel at Fort Oglethorpe yesterday afternoon.
The presentation was made by Col. John A. Hoag, post commander, who pinned the decoration to Mrs. Dill’s coat during a brief but solemn ceremony.
Pfc. Barbee lived most of his life at Harrison, near Chattanooga. He was one of 13 children born to Mrs. Dill. Two others, including a twin brother, Pfc. Barbee, are dead. Another brother, Pvt. Benjamin Franklin Barbee, 33, lso is in the army, and now is in Africa.”I expect him home soon,” Mrs. Dill said. “He is nearly qualified for discharge.” Both the Barbees entered the armed service through the Fort Oglethorpe induction center. Albert, the younger, went from Fort Oglethorpe to Savannah, Ga., then to MacDill Field at Tampa, Fla., and was sent overseas.
“He was in Belgium,” Mrs. Dill said, “when he was wounded the first time. They sent me a Purple Heart then. Then he was in Germany and I Guess they were pushed back into Belgium. I got another Purple Heart about that time.”
The citation, read by Capt. G.A. Martin, post adjutant, at the ceremony yesterday afternoon, stated that the award was made “for gallantry in action in Belgium on Jan. 30, 1945.” Pfc. Barbee died in March.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of death: 3 March 1945
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Harrison
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
- Burial/Memorial Location: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Top Panel
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