Bob Barker (Entertainer)
(Robert William Barker)
b. 12 Dec 1923 d. –
US Navy 1943-1945 (World War II, F4U Pilot)
Naval Reserve 1945-1960
Bob Barker interrupted his studies at Drury College in Missouri (on a basketball scholarship) and enlisted in the United States Navy on November 24, 1942. He was assigned the service number 7033834 and became a naval aviation cadet on June 10, 1943. He was later commissioned an ensign on December 6, 1944 and served on active duty until November 24, 1945. The war ended just as he was about to be assigned to seagoing duty.
Barker was awarded the American Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He continued to serve as a Flight Officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve and remained on the rolls until December 7, 1960, when he was discharged from service as a lieutenant junior grade.
In 2009, he gave $3 million to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which is building a rehabilitation facility for wounded U.S. military personnel at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.