Barrows, Henry Charles, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1572-Navigator, Electronic Warfare Officer
Last AFSC Group
Electronic Warfare
Primary Unit
1983-1986, Air Force Intelligence Service
Service Years
1969 - 1992
Foreign Language(s)
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home Country
Germany, West
Germany, West
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Bremerhaven, West Germany
Last Address
Washington, D.C.

Date of Passing
Feb 11, 2002
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

United States Air Forces Europe Combat Crew Air Force Retired Strategic Air Command

 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWSAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  1973, Nam-POWS
  2015, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On his 2nd tour in the Vietnam War, he had to bail out of his stricken B-52 and becames a POW for 101 days. His final assignment was as an Analysis Coordinator and then Deputy for Airborne Reconnaissance with the Air Force Element of the Defense Support Project Office at the Pentagon from October 1986 until his retirement from the Air Force on May 1, 1992. He had a fatal heart attack Feb 11, 2002 at his home in Washington, D.C.  

His 5th Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor citation:

Captain Harry C. Barrows distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a B-52 Electronic Warfare Officer in Southeast Asia on 19 December 1972. On that date, Captain Barrows participated in a high priority bombing mission against a vital military target in a heavily defended area of North Vietnam. Despite the intensity of the hostile reactions and the great threat posed by them, Captain Barrows displayed extraordinary courage, a remarkable ability to perform under severe stress, and a willingness to place the mission requirements above his own safety as he successfully countered and neutralized those threats, thereby enabling his crew to release their ordnance on the designated target. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain Barrows reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Air Force Bases/ InstallationsOfficer Training School (OTS)Mather Air Force Base16th Special Operations Squadron
99th Bomb Wing346th Bombardment Squadron, HeavyPrisoner Of War (POW)343rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
7575th Operations GroupUSAFE HeadquartersAir Force Intelligence Service
  1968-1969, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1969-1969, Officer Training School (OTS)
  1969-1970, 0007, Mather Air Force Base
  1971-1971, 1571, 16th Special Operations Squadron
  1971-1972, 99th Bomb Wing
  1972-1972, 1572, 346th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1972-1973, POW North Vietnam
  1973-1977, 1571, 343rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
  1977-1981, 7575th Operations Group
  1981-1983, USAFE Headquarters
  1983-1986, Air Force Intelligence Service
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1971 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
  1971-1971 Non-operation sorties/missions over Cambodia
  1971-1971 Vietnam War
  1972-1972 Vietnam Cease-fire Campaign (1972-73)/Operation Linebacker II
 Colleges Attended 
Rutgers University
  1964-1968, Rutgers University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
AC-130A Gunship  B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  RC-135 V/W  
  1971-1971, AC-130A Gunship
  1972-1972, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
  1973-1977, RC-135 V/W
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