In Memory of
Dale A. Barrows
Dudley Township, South Dakota
September 25, 1920 – March 19, 1945
Killed in Action at Bay of Kobe, Japan
Dale A. Barrows was born in Dudley Township in Aurora
County on September 25, 1920. His parents were John and Grace Barrows. He
attended country grade schools, Stickney High School, and graduated from Yankton
College in 1942. Dale enlisted in the Naval Air Corps that same year and entered
active service on July 15, 1942, at pre-flight school at Vermillion, SD. After
intensive training at various places he was sent into combat duty in the South
On March 19, 1945, while flying a mission, his plane was
forced down in the Bay of Kobe. According to a newspaper clipping, his body
actually washed ashore at Kobe Harbor on March 19, 1945. Positive identification
was made through marks on his clothing and dental records.
In a letter from the Secretary of the Navy, dated in March
of 1946, it states
Your son, Lieutenant (junior grade) Dale
Allen Barrows, United States
Naval Reserve, has been carried on the official records of the Navy Depart-
ment in the status of missing in action as of 19 March 1945, when the plane
in which he was flying, a unit of Bombing Squadron SIX, was hit by enemy
anti-aircraft fire during an attack against enemy warships in Kobe Harbor.
His plane lost power immediately, but he continued his dive and released the
bombs on the target. He made a perfect water landing in [indecipherable] and
was seen to stand up in the cockpit after landing. Circling aircraft were
off by the enemy anti-aircraft fire and a harbor craft was seen heading toward
the plane. Due to the proximity of enemy installations, rescue facilities [?]
unable to enter the harbor….
“It will never be known whether he was fatally injured in
the forced landing, drowned, or picked off by the Japanese,” the Stickney
At the time of Dale Barrow’s death in 1945, he was survived
by his father, John Barrows; a sister, Viola Larsen; two brothers, Cecil of
Stickney and John, who was serving at sea also with the Navy.
The American Legion Post in Stickney is called the
Dittrich-Barrows-Noldner Post 26.
Dale A. Barrows was originally buried in the US Armed
Forces Cemetery, Yokohama, Honshu, Japan. He was later buried in the Dudley
Cemetery in Aurora County with Aurora County V.F.W. of Plankinton providing
At the time of his death, Dale A. Barrows was the only war
fatality from Stickney.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Brianne Chavez, 8th Grade West, Spearfish
Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, February 3, 2000. Information for this
entry was provided by Jerry L. Larsen of Stickney, South Dakota, nephew of Navy
Lieutenant Barrows; additional information was provided by newspaper clippings
and a state veterans’ bonus record.