Charles William D Barth was born on November 29, 1917, in Rye, New York, his father, Charles, was 38 and his mother, Amelia, was 30. He had one brother and one sister. He married Alma Bertha Tetreault in 1939 in Attleboro, Massachusetts. They had one child during their marriage.
Charles enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
Pfc Charles W Barth was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, Fourth Marine Division
After intensive training, the 4th Marine Division shipped out on 13 January 1944, and in 13 months made four major amphibious assaults, in the battles of Kwajalein (Roi-Namur), Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima under command of V Amphibious Corps, under its command and control were the first Joint Assault Signal Company, suffering more than 17,000 casualties. It was awarded two Presidential Unit Citations and a Navy Unit Commendation, and then inactivated 28 November 1945.
The Battle of Iwo Jima has become etched in the historical memory of Americans largely because of the iconic photograph taken by photographer Joe Rosenthal. The photo derives power from more than its stunning visual image.
It conveys the struggle and ultimate victory of U. S. Marines who played a critical role in bringing the catastrophic destruction of World War II to an end less than six months later.
This battle came at an extraordinary cost to the United States; nearly seven thousand dead, almost six thousand of which were Marines.
Iwo Jima remains the costliest battle in the history of the U. S. Marine Corps and represented approximately one third of the entire Marine death toll during World War II.
Charles W. Barth, 27, a former Rye and Port Chester resident was killed in action by a shell fragment during the D-Day assault on Iwo Jima Feb 19 1945. American Admiral Chester Nimitz reflected on the incredible sacrifice of the Marines who fought at Iwo Jima by saying,
"Uncommon valor was a common virtue".
Charles was survived by his wife and a young son and in Rye by a sister Mrs Leonard LaRussell of 362 Midland Ave