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Gene Barber

Gene Barber was born in Limestone County, TX, birthplace of country music legend Bob Wills. After graduating high school in 1942, Barber joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and against his parents’ wishes. He became a machinist mate aboard the World War II escort carrier U.S.S. Corregidor. After the war, Barber moved to Caldwell, TX, and worked selling cars. When Bryan Air Force Base was opened, he put his military experience to use, joining the civilian ranks there as an aircraft engine mechanic. Later, he became a Caldwell mail carrier and then sheriff of Burleson County.

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