A distinguished naval career that included heroic service during World
War II and the Korean Conflict. He was serving as Engineering
Officer of USS LAFFEY (DD 459) on March 31, 1942, when it
was hit during the Battle of Guadalcanal. He made his way to
Guadalcanal and was senior officer in the survivor camp of some 1,100
men. Then, as Commanding Officer of USS DASHIELL (DD 659),
he participated in operations at Tarawa, Kwajalein, Saipan, Kavieng,
Hollandia, and Guam.
Ordered back to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944, he served in the
Executive Department as one of six Battalion Officers and in 1946 he
received orders to the staff of Commander Operational Development Force
as the Project Coordinator for the testing of new tactics and weapons.
In 1948, he assumed command of USS ENGLISH (DD 696).
At the onset of hostilities in Korea, he was ordered to Tokyo, Japan, to
serve on the staff of the Commander Naval Forces Far East as officer in
control of shipping in far eastern waters. In 1954 he assumed
command of Destroyer Division 262, radar picket destroyers deployed to
the Mediterranean. His final command was of the Air Defense
Training Center in Dam Neck, Virginia.
Admiral BARHAMís decorations include Bronze Star with Combat V
with a Gold Star in lieu of a second Bronze Star; a Navy Commendation
Medal with Combat V; a Presidential Citation; the Presidential Ribbon;
American Defense Service Medal with Fleet clasp; American Campaign
Medal, Asiatic Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Korean
Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.