Cerro Gordo County

S/Sgt. Junior Russell Barkema



World War II

Junior Russell Barkema
Address: Belmond, Iowa
Entered Service: December 5, 1944.
Branch: Infantry.
Trained:  Camp Roberts, California.
Embarkation:  May 8, 1945.
Theatre of Operations:  Southern Philippines.
Engagements:  Combat from 11th June to end of war on Mindanao Island.
Awarded:  Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Japan Occupational Medal.
Returned to U. S.: September 13, 1946.
Discharged: Fort Sheridan, Illinois, November 14, 1946.
Rank: Staff Sergeant.
Served: 23 months, 9 days.
Civilian Occupation: Farming
Father: Hilko Barkema.
Wife: Viola.
Son: Dwight Lynn.

Source: Service Record Book of Men & Women World War II, Meservey, Iowa, p. 8 (photo included)