CDR. Charlie H. Barfield, USN (Retired), 72 passed away August 1, 1997 after a lengthy illness. He was
born in Montgomery, Alabama. He was a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School and
the University of Mississippi. CDR. Barfield, a naval flier served in WW II and
the Korean Conflict and earned the Navy Cross. He retired after thirty years of
service. He was a lifetime member of the Retired Officers Assoc. CDR. Barfield
is survived by his wife, Mary Alice; his daughter, Marsha J. Cyphers; five sons,
Charles Richard Barfield, David Barfield, Timothy Barfield, Daniel Barfield and
Steven Barfield; his step-son, James H. Webb, Jr; his sister, Lila Grace Bell;
16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four cousins in Alabama, Josephine
Waller, Julia Regopolous, Rochelle Yarborough and James Alford; several nieces
and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Monday in the chapel of
George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home, 4140 University Boulevard, South with Dr.
Monroe C. Hatch officiating. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery,
Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Florida
Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Jacksonville University Library or the Air Museum in
Pensacola, FL. The visitation will be held Sunday and the family will receive
friends from 3 PM until 5 PM at the Funeral Home.
BARFIELD, CHARLIE H.
The President of the
United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Charlie H.
Barfield, Ensign, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the
enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Fighter Plane in Fighting
Squadron ONE (VF-1), embarked from the U.S.S. BENNINGTON (CV-20), on 24 July
1945, and deployed over Kure Naval Base, in the heart of the Japanese homeland.
Ensign Barfield pressed home his attack in the face of intense and accurate
anti-aircraft fire of all calibers from warships of many types augmented by a
ring of shore-based batteries. By scoring a direct hit on a large enemy aircraft
carrier, he contributed materially to the success of the Task Force attack.
Ensign Barfield's outstanding courage, daring airmanship and devotion to duty
were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Commander, Air Task Force, Pacific Fleet: Serial 25215 (December 7, 1945)
Thought he should be listed in the crew list and obit sections.