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Date of Birth 1 November 1940Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA
Date of Death 5 November 1989Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA  (complications from shooting)
Birth NameBarry Allen Sadler

Mini Bio (1)

Barry Sadler achieved national fame for his 1960s hit song, The Ballad of The Green Berets. The song was used as the theme song for the John Way film, The Green Berets. Sadler was a real-life war hero. He joined the U.S. Army and went through the grueling training to become a Green Beret. A member of the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), he served in Viet-Nam as a Special Forces medic attached to both an A=Team and a MIKE Force. Wounded in combat, he received the Purple Heart, the National Defense Medal, and the Viet-Nam Service Medal. He briefly acted in the movies and on television, with his biggest role being in the B-heist film, Dayton's Devils. The former Green Beret, war hero, song writer, singer, and actor, died in a mysterious shooting in a Central American country at the age of 47.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Spouse (1)

Lavona (? - ?) (3 children)

Trivia (7)

Sang "Ballad of the Green Berets" on "The Ed Sullivan Show"
Purple Heart winner
Wrote military songs, including the famous "Ballad of the Green Berets."
Served with 7th Special Forces Group as medic in Vietnam
In the decade before his death, he enjoyed a successful second career as an author, particularly of the "Casca" series, the fantasy adventures of a Roman centurion who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus, and who, for mocking Him, was condemned to live through eternity as a mercenary soldier.
He named his son Thor, after the Scandinavian god of thunder and war.
He had a large collection of Nazi war relics: guns, uniforms, banners, etc.

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