September 21, 1967. Near Con Thein, Republic of Vietnam. During a reconnaissance operation, Marines of F Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines were suddenly hit by sniper fire. Advancing toward a fortified enemy position, the Marines faced heavy fire, causing numerous casualties among the patrol. Among the wounded Marines was Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Barker. Refusing to back down, L/Cpl. Barker remained in the open, delivering a devastating counter-attack on the enemy position.
Intent on annihilating the much smaller Marine force, the enemy fighters directed the brunt of their fire toward L/Cpl. Barker, wounding him again. When an enemy grenade landed among the surviving Marines, without hesitation Barker threw himself on top of it, absorbing the blast of the explosion. In a final act of valor, the grievously wounded Marine crawled to a wounded comrade and administered first aid, before succumbing to his wounds. For his actions 53 years ago today, Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Barker would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Rest In Peace, and Semper Fidelis.