*Served as a Colonel in the Inspector General's
Department in the 37th Division during WWI
Excerpt taken from book included in sale (details below): ""Lieutenant Colonel Barger (spelled wrong in book) had entered the service in 1881 as a private in Company F of the Seventeenth Infantry; he was commissioned first lieutenant of Battery H, First Artillery, in March of 1890 and served with that unit until 1891. He was then commissioned as a second lieutenant of Company-of the Fourteenth Infantry on 1st August, 1892, and served until 15th May, 1893. He was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Fourth Infantry on 10th June, 1892, and retired on 10th January, 1906, to be restored to the active list as colonel of the Fourth on 21st May, 1908. On 22nd March, 1917, after having commanded that unit throughout its tour of Mexican Border duty, he was commissioned lieutenant colonel and detailed as inspector general of Ohio. He remained with the division when it was mustered for federal service as inspector."
*Died in Texas in 1943--Grave moved in 1947 to
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
*Dog Tag: reads BYRON L. BARGAR LT. COL. INF HDQ. 37 DIV U.S.A. There are several Dog Tags--not sure if each reads the same.
*Spanish-American War Veteran Flag Pin
1898-1902: Numbered on back of top portion 5837. Looks Hand
Sewn. Excellent Condition with no tears or holes in the flag. Some very slight
yellow staining on Flag. Some mild darkening on the medal parts themselves and
may just need a cleaning.
*Republique Francais 1870 (front) Honneur Et
Patrie (back): Hand sewn on back. Very nice condition. Needs a
slight cleaning. On the green wreathe area, just a minute amount of the green
paint has worn off, but its hardly noticeable. The red flag is in very clean
condition, with no tears or holes. There may have been a top bar that is either
missing or there was not one. There are pins on the back where it was possibly
attached to a frame.
*LIBERTAS ET PATRIA (front) PRESENTED TO THE
SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION WAR WITH SPAIN 1898: Flag is hand sewn on back. Front of flag is frayed on the edges.
*Crown Cross & Swords Medal: Flag is in excellent condition. Medal part looks like it needs
*YPRES-LYS MEUSE-ARGONNE DEFENSIVE SECTOR
(front) THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILIZATION with named countries (back):Very Nice condition (medal). Flag is worn in areas. Medal areas need
*LEX REQIT ARMA TUENTUR (front) M.O. LOYAL
LEGION U.S. MDCCCLXV (back): Very Nice
*FOR SERVICE IN THE SPANISH WAR:Flag colors are worn, but otherwise overall medal
is very nice.
*FOR SERVICE ON THE MEXICAN BORDER: Numbered
18791: Nice condition.
*VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS: Flag is not in good condition and worn. Pin is corroded in turquoise
color and needs cleaning.
*TWO (2) STERLING EAGLE PINS: Tarnished and needs cleaning/polishing.
*Brass US Pin: Needs polishing.
*DROIT ET AVANT Pin: Nice condition.
*TWO (2) SIEMPRE ADELANTE Screw Back Pins: Gold plating has worn off in areas. Darkening under glaze on one pin.
*Another Gold-colored DROIT ET AVANT
Screw Back Pin with Swords Crossing: Needs cleaning. Screw back in oxidized
*THREE (3) CROSSED SWORDS WITH NO
NUMBERS: A couple swords have a bend in them. One is missing its pin on
*TWO (2) BRASS CROSSED SWORDS EACH NUMBERED
311 ON FRONT:One is a Pin back, the other is a screw back. Need
MANY, MANY FAMILY PHOTOS WHICH INCLUDE
COLONEL BARGAR'S WIFE, CHILDREN, MOTHER, AND OTHER RELATIVES (The Neil Family),
which vary in size. On the back of the photo of his brother, Gilbert, there is
hand writing that reads: "Gilbert
Bargar brother of Julia Bargar Allen + Henry Neil Bargar + Mary Bargar
Burnside." (Which shows there was another
sister that was not found in other internet literature and also shows the
girls' married names).
DOCUMENTS & POSSIBLE FAMOUS MILITARY PERSONNEL AUTOGRAPHS:
*ROYANME DE BELGIQUE LE MINISTRE
DE LA DEFENSE NATIONALE (19" x 16"): Dated 1919.Seal. Folded Condition & Yellowed.
Has that "old paper smell". Is torn at center crease and at
some other creases and has been taped.
*ORDRE NATIONAL DE LA LEGION D'HONNEUR (17 X
13.25"): Dated June 4, 1919. Seal. Folded and creased.
Has that "old paper smell". Yellowed. It has been taped on
almost all the creases.
*Letter from WAR DEPARTMENT THE ADJUTANT
GENERAL'S OFFICE WASHINGTON Dated March 8, 1924 (8" x 10.5"): Addressed to Colonel Byron L. Bargar P.O. Box #82 Brownsville, Texas.
Reads: "There is forwarded herewith a diploma showing the award to you of
the Belgian Croix De Guerre, which diploma was recently forwarded to the War
department through the Military Attache, United States Embassy, Paris, France.
The following is a translation of the diploma: [Kingdom of Belgium, The
Minister of National Defense has the honor to inform Lietenant Colonel Byron L.
Bargar, Head-quarters, 37th Division, that, by Royal Decree No. 6624, of the 22nd
of January, 1919; he particularly distinguished himself by his courage during
the victorious offensive in Flanders. (Signed) Albert Deveze.] By order of the
Secretary of War: HG Walthall (?) Adjutant General
*Annuaire official de la Legion d'Honneur
(8" x 10.5"): Two pages in French.
Paper has yellowed and has that "old paper smell". Paper has
also been folded.
*FORT SAM HOUSTON NATIONAL CEMETARY San Antonio,
Texas: Plot location for Colonel Byron L. Bargar.
Section P-I Grave No. 91
Miscellaneous Items: Identification Card Officers' Reserve Corps Army of the United States;
Leather Bullet case marked US--back marked ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL 1904 H.E.K.;
Four (4) Eagle Pins with old pin-backs that look Silver, but aren't marked, in an old medal case;
Photo of many "MOUNTED Men on Horseback that looks like it may be a reprint since its dated 1968 on the side;
Surgical steel folding knife marked CUT CO JAPAN;
BookThe 37th Division IN THE WORLD WAR 1917-1918 signed inside by John A. Allen Captain Infantry 37 Div. A.E.F.--Captain John Allen was Colonel Bargar's son-in-law, where on page 60 Colonel Byron L. Barger (spelled wrong) is mentioned in the 3rd paragraph and on page 170 Colonel Bargar is also mentioned listing his Military history: "Lieutenant Colonel Barger had entered the service in 1881 as a private in Company F of the Seventeenth Infantry; he was commissioned first lieutenant of Battery H, First Artillery, in March of 1890 and served with that unit until 1891. He was then commissioned as a second lieutenant of Company-of the Fourteenth Infantry on 1st August, 1892, and served until 15th May, 1893. He was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the Fourth Infantry on 10th June, 1892, and retired on 10th January, 1906, to be restored to the active list as colonel of the Fourth on 21st May, 1908. On 22nd March, 1917, after having commanded that unit throughout its tour of Mexican Border duty, he was commissioned lieutenant colonel and detailed as inspector general of Ohio. He remained with the division when it was mustered for federal service as inspector."
Maps from 1918-1919 (see photos)
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