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Metter honors heroism
Native son receives Silver Star for actions in Vietnam
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John Eade, above, said Oscar Barker saved his life in Vietnam and he helped launch the effort to get Barker proper recognition. - photo by CRYSTAL WALKER/Staff
METTER - Overcast skies Monday reflected the solemnity of the ceremony to honor Metter's Oscar Barker, Jr. Veterans, friends and family gathered for the long-awaited recognition Specialist Barker, who was killed in Vietnam on Nov. 16, 1965, and was posthumously awarded the Silver Star during the ceremony. The medal is the nation's third highest military honor. Barker's sister-in-law and closest surviving relative, Emma Dean Ross was present to accept the award from Congressman John Barrow.
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