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army officer

David Goodwin Barr, American army officer. Decorated Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit, Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, French Legion of Honor, Commander’s Degree, Croix de Guerre with Palm, Brazilian Order of Military Merit; Gold Cross of Merit with Swords (Polish).


Barr, David Goodwin was born on June 16, 1895 in Nanfalia, Alabama, United States. Son of William Walter Barr.


Student Alabama Presbyterian College. Graduate Infantry School, 1921, Tank School, 1924, Army War College, 1939. Second in command Lieutenant, Infantry Reserve, 1917.

First lieutenant Infantry, United States Army, 1920, advanced through grades to major general (temporary) February 1944.


Became assistant G-4, Armoured Corps, 1940, assistant chief of staff G-4, Armored Force, 1941. Chief of staff, Armored Force, 1942. Deputy chief and chief of staff, European Theater of Operations, 1943.

Chief of staff North African Theater of Operations, and chief of staff 6th Army Group, 1944-1945. G-1 Army Ground Forces, 1945-1948. Chief, Army Advisory Group, Nanking, 1948-1949.

Commanding general 7th Infantry Division, 1949-1951. Commanding general Armored Center, 1951.


Served with 1st United States Infantry Division, World War I.


Married Vivian Louise Bell, November 5, 1924. Children: Virginia Lane, Patricia Bell.

William Walter Barr. Barr

Vivian Louise Bell

Virginia Lane Barr

Patricia Bell Barr