LTC Barney King Neal Jr
Commanding Officer 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
LTC Barney Neal was the
Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion for only a short time, when
in which he was a passenger crashed upon leaving Firebase Winnie.
Those who knew him recall him to have been an excellent Commanding Officer, and a genuinely likeable Soldier.
The following are the entries in the Official Army Register for Barney K. Neal Jr.:
Barney King Neal Jr. was born in Georgia on July 4, 1928.
He graduated from Oklahoma
A&M College in 1950. He became a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry
on July 17, 1950
(with his date of rank back to June 15, 1950). He was promoted to the temporary rank of 1st Lieutenant (AUS)
on April 27, 1951 and to the permanent rank of 1st Lieutenant in the Regular Army on June 15, 1953.
On August 16, 1954 he was
promoted to the temporary rank of Captain (AUS). In 1956 Neal
the Infantry School Officers Advanced Course. He received his permanent promotion to Captain on June 15, 1957.
He was promoted to the temporary
rank of Major (AUS) on March 26, 1965 and to the permanent rank
on March 29, 1966. On May 13, 1968 Neal was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
On August 6, 1966, as
Executive Officer of the 1st Battalion 12th Infantry, Major
Barney Neal led the 1/12
ashore at Qui Nhon from the USNS General Walker, as the 4th Infantry Division landed in Vietnam.
The 1/12 Infantry and the 1/22 Infantry sailed to Vietnam together on the Walker.
LTC Barney Neal's decorations
LTC Barney Neal at An Khe Base Camp
Note "Regulars By God" spelled out in sandbags on roof
of building in background.
Photo by David Parrish
The following is the report of the crash in which LTC Barney Neal was killed:
Grave marker for LTC Barney Neal
Photo courtesy of:
Cheryl L. Shick
Hahn-Cook/Street& Draper Funeral Directors
6600 Broadway Extension
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
By way of Richard Niles
Top photo by David Parrish
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