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Colonel Barkley B Yarborough

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Very sad news... My dad, Barkley B. Yarborough, "Colonel BB" to many, a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps passed away recently.

These are select images from his Marine Corps days which began in 1943.

Dad began life in Texas on May 18, 1925 and left us after a hell of a run on July 14, 2015.  We all miss him and he was admired and respected by all who meet him.

I've put in captions as best I could. If you notice something is obviously incorrect, please leave a comment... You can leave comments on any photo once you click on it and are encouraged to do so.

MISS YOU DAD!

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COL BB YARBOROUGH
This is dad's Marine Corps retirement portrait taken circa 1985.  He was all Marine.  He loved the Marines and the family loved the Marines and we loved him.  A great man which I hope will not be forgotten any time soon!

This is also the pictures that is running with the obit next to this pic.

"Your Dad was one of the main..."
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FINAL OBIT COLBB.docx
This is the obituary that will run in the LA Times and OC Register.

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MY DADS BIO HE WROTE IN 2011
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A picture of my dad's sister, Jimmie Lee, on which my dad kept track of the places he went and the ships he was on during his time in the Pacific during WWII.  It's amazing that he returned when I see all those names: Enewetok, Guam, Tinian, Saipan, Okinawa, China...

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Korea circa 1952

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Dad, Camp Pendleton, CA.  He could have been in the movies...

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Korean War with fellow Marines.

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Korea War

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This is a tight crop from the prior photo.

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Korea circa 1952

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After marrying my mom, November 7, 1951. The Chapel at Camp Pendleton.  The place is now on the National Historic Register.  I like to think its because they got marries there.

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Heading out after being married at Camp Pendleton. CA on November 7, 1951.

They were married 63 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Korean War circa 1952

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Korean War circa 1952.

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Korean War circa 1952.  Marines and beer, forever, always...

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Korean War circa 1952
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On board a plane for a fellow Marine Officers 1000th jump (or something along those lines)...

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A Change of Command ceremony in the 1960's at Camp Pendleton, CA.  Dad is on the right.
"Goodness, he looks like Gene..."
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Dad and a friend in Texas after WWII and before Korea.  He actually got out of the Marines after WWII as a Corporal and then reenlisted when Korea broke out. He didn't get his rank back and was a Private again, though not for long.  He was selected for OCS during the Korean war and became an a Marine Second Lieutenant in 1951.

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Dad loved his time as an MP on Camp Pendleton in the 1950's.  Here, he and a friend pose for a fun pic...

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San Francisco, 1943.  Dad spent a lot of time in San Francisco prior to shipping out to the Pacific was in WWII.  He has some wild stories from that time...  I'm certain dad kept the crazier ones to himself!

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San Francisco, 1943

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Dad, right, in Texas circa 1930...

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Dad in Korea circa 1951 - 1952.

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Dad loved to tell the story of when he brought beer in his pack up to the front lines.  After a long day hiking up to the lines, he and another Marine, I believe a Lieutenant, got into their bunker and the LT said something along the lines of "I'd give a months pay for a beer right now.."  Dad the senior of the two men, replied "Don't be too reckless Lieutenant..." and pulled out two large bottles of Sapporo (or Asahi) beer...  Those stories are worth their weight in gold.

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WWII.  I believe he said this was Okinawa but it could have been Saipan or Tinian.

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This is likely from the early to mid 1960's.  I got to wear those Captain's bars after he made Major.  See the next picture-->

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CRIS CIRCA 1966...?
I am wearing the captains bars that my dad wore in the prior picture.  My mom took dad's old Gabardine utilities and tailored them down to my size.  At that time, Gabardine was no longer used and when I went on base with my dad, dressed like a Marine, all the active Marines thought my uniform was great.  They loved Gabardine.

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Dad in China circa 1946

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Dad on ship, I believe on the way back from China, 1946.

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Dad in China circa 1946

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Dad in China circa 1946.  He was with a Chinese Colonel that was dumped on him by officers who are supposed to take him around.  My dad the Corporal spent time with him.  We've always wondered what may have happened to him after the Communists won.  Probably nothing good.

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Dad in Korea I believe...

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Dad during the Korean War, 1951 or 1952

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Dad with his Marines in Korean.  Dad is the front  row, just to the right of center sitting cross-legged.

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The Korean War, circa 1952.  Dad is front right.

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Beer and Marines...  A common theme.  Dad is on the right.

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I believe this is Korea, 1952

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Dad and mom at their wedding at the Chapel at Camp Pendleton, CA, Nov 7, 1951.

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"Oh My, beautiful Lea and han..."
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Korea, 1951 or 1952

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Dad in Korea, 1952, standing right behind the pack in the center.

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Korea, 1952

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Korea 1952

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Dad in Texas with his friends.  Dad is top right.  I think this was post WWII, and before Korea.

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Dad in Texas between the wars.

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Dad as a LtCol during a ceremony of some type at Camp Pendleton, CA.  Look at those perfectly starched utilities!  Anyone know who the General is?

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Dad in Texas with his friends post WWII and before Korea.

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Dad in San Francisco prior to shipping off to the Pacific, 1943
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San Francisco, 1943

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San Francisco, 1943

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San Francisco, 1943

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Early... Probably 1943.

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Dad with Marine friends in Tijuana 1943.  Dad is the second guy on the Donkey.  Wow...

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Dad in Tijuana, Mexico 1943.  He is n the far right.

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Dad, second from right, in Tijuana, 1943...

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Dad is standing on the back right.  I think this is Okinawa, Japan, 1945.

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Dad and his sister, Jimmy Lee in Texas...

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Dad, center, between the wars, in Texas.

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This is dad getting on ship to head home from China, 1946...  Maybe he is getting off ship to go to China... Anyway, dad had a great adventure in China and he lived a wonderful life.

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Dad on ship 1946 (most likely)...

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Korea, 1952

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Dad in San Francisco, 1943.  He is the tall one in the back row.  The person in the suit and tie just walked up, got in the picture and then walked away.  Nobody ever knew him or saw him again.  Is this the world's first Photo Bomb?

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Dad in China, 1946

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San Francisco, 1943.  Dad on the left.

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China, 1946

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China, 1946

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China, 1946

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China, 1946

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Okinawa, 1945.

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Dad, center, in Korea 1952

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Dad, far right, in some darn cold weather... 1952

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My mom, Lea Yarborough, at the beach in Los Angeles while dad was away in Korea, 1952
"Wow! Beautiful lady."
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My mom, Lea Yarborough, in Los Angeles while dad was away in Korea, 1952

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Dad, on left, in Korea, 1952ish

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Dad, on left, Korea, 1952

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Dad in Jeep, unknown time, as a PFC

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Dad, pre-WWII

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Dad on Okinawa, 1945

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Dad on Okinawa 1945

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Dad, on left, receiving some honor, I just do recall what he said it was... Probably early 1960's.

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My dad, right, in a publicity photo in the late 1950's or early 1960's. Camp Pendleton, CA

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Dad, Okinawa, 1945.  What a nice tent...

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My mom, Lea Yarborough in Galveston, TX circa 1950.
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Dad, right, between the wars.

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A club card dad brought back from China.

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A business card dad brought back from China.

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Dad on Okinawa, 1945.

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Dad, Camp Pendleton, CA, circa 1966 1967...

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Dad, on left, posing...  Where?  I don't know but may be able to find out.  If you know who and where please chime in!  Or more appropriately, "SOUND OFF!"

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Dad, 1943/44 somewhere.  He is the one on the ground next to the first step.  For Marines, standing in line is one of the joys of being in the service...  "Hurry up and wait!"

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Dad, right, and a fellow Marine, 1943.  I may be able to find out who that is.  If you know, leave a comment.

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Dad, Galveston, TX, circa 1950.

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Dad, on right, and another Marine, Okinawa,, Japan, 1945.

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My mom, center, who should have been a star!

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Dad, on right, and a buddy, that ended up dying in a prison in Mexico...

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Dad, right, Camp Pendleton.

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Dad, left, with buddy, in what looks to be a wonderful place.

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Dad, top left, in Frisco?  Unknown Marines.  Makes me sad I didn't get this info prior to his passing...  :-(

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Dad, left, and a buddy in San Francisco (I believe)... 1943 is I am correct.

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Dad in China, 1946

 
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I saw this obituary in the OC Register and pulled it out to look at the website listed.  I just took the opportunity to look at your posting.  This is a great view to the life of an American hero.  He lived a full and interesting life here and abroad.  I was in the Marines but never met the Colonel.  Living in Orange County, I feel I missed out on meeting a true hero who made sacrifices for this great country.  My condolences to you, your family and your mother for such a great loss.  Men like your father made this country great. I am comforted knowing that the Colonel is manning the pearly gates!  Semper fi!
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Keith Hinckley, Sat, 5 Sep 2015 11:33AM
Saw your obituary in O C Register this morning.  It was a great read.  My dad was also a Marine at Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa and Nagasaki, Occupation of Japan.  He was with the 2nd Marine Division 5th Marines.  On Saipan, after clearing out a cave, my dad and a fellow Marine found a bottle of Sake, not Sapporo, and drank it.Their officer made them throw it up.He was born 3-5-25 and died 2-13-15.
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muttsTom Jones, Sat, 25 Jul 2015 9:26AM
Your Dad's obit caught my eye. Was so inspired to read about him and wow to be able to learn more via the online tribute. What a wonderful life and loving family he leaves. Thank you for sharing your Dad. And many thanks and blessings to him for his lengthy military service that benefited us all, everywhere. My condolences for your great loss. CL
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Carolin, Sat, 25 Jul 2015 9:02AM
Saw the obit in LA times, joined the Marine Corps in 1963, Chu Lai in 1966. Proud of my service and proud of your dad's service my uncle a Chicago police officer was named Fred Yarborough. God Bless the Col. and family
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richard johnaon, Sat, 25 Jul 2015 8:28AM
WOW, THIS IS WONDERFUL.  MANY PHOTOS SEEN DURING OUR LIFETIME WITH THE YARBOS AND FAMILY.  B B IS A MEMORY FOR A LIFETIME, SUCH A PATRIOT AND A TRUE FRIEND, ALWAYS FAITHFUL.  I AM SORRY THAT LIVING IN OREGON NOW PREVENTED ME FROM BEING IN RIVERSIDE ON 7/22, BUT I WAS THERE IN SPIRIT ALL DAY AND AM SENDING LOVE AND WISHES THAT GREAT MEMORIES WILL CONTINUE TO SUSTAIN US ALL WITH THE FACT THAT BB YARBOROUGH IS IN HEAVEN WATCHING OVER US.   LOVE TO FAM, VJC/HNR
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VICKI CROZIER/HAL REYNOLDS, Thu, 23 Jul 2015 6:47PM
Chris, your Dad's passing is a great loss to all those of us who knew and loved him. Your photo tribute is wonderful. Thank you for sharing the part of his life that some of us who knew him later had not seen. My husband Bob & I spent many lovely New Year's Eve's with B.B. and Lea. B.B. and Bob...two Marines who loved the Corps. Semper Fi.
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Marian Corsiglia, Sun, 19 Jul 2015 5:52PM
R.I.P. Devil Dog.
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James Gallaher, Sat, 18 Jul 2015 7:36AM
Cris, What a heart warming tribute to a true patriot and gentleman. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. We had the privilege of knowing him and Lea; and to be part of their lives. What fun we had. We already miss him dearly. All our love, Bobby & Liz
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Bob & Liz Eubanks, Fri, 17 Jul 2015 4:56PM
Cris, this wonderful. And Barkley was wonderful. I will miss him forever. Thank you. Love you, Mom
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Lea Yarborough, Fri, 17 Jul 2015 3:30PM
What an amazing tribute and wonderful set of photographs!!  BB and Lea have been such great friends and have many memories with my parents, Tom and Shirley Carter!  BB will be sincerely missed and our thoughts and prayers are with your Mom and your entire family at this time!
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Cindy and Steve Ross, Fri, 17 Jul 2015 2:14PM
 
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