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Barry Allen Sadler

Barry Allen Sadler

Male 1940 - 1989  (49 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Name Barry Allen Sadler 
    Born 1 Nov 1940  Carlsbad, Eddy, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 1958  U.S. Air Force Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1958-1961 Radar technician. 
    Barry Sadler Air Force.
    Barry Sadler Air Force.
    Barry Sadler Air Force.
    Military Service 1961  U.S. Army, Vietnam Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Airborne combat medic. Wounded in action. 
    Bary Sadler Army.
    Bary Sadler Army.
    Bary Sadler Army.
    Sadler Viet Nam.
    Sadler Viet Nam.
    Sadler Viet Nam.
    Occupation 1966 
    Singer, songwriter, and author. 
    Barry Sadler Music.
    Barry Sadler Music.
    Barry's biggest hit was "The Ballad of the Green Berets". The song was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks from March 5 to April 2, 1966. The record sold more than nine million copies.
    The Eternal Mercenary.
    The Eternal Mercenary.
    Barry wrote at least 31 books. 22 of which were a pulp fiction series about Casca Rufio Longinus, the soldier who pierced Christ’s side with a lance at the crucifixion. He is now cursed to remain a soldier until the Second Coming. Since his death other authors continued the series which now has close to 50 volumes.
    The Ballad of the Green Berets.
    The Ballad of the Green Berets.
    Barry Sadler sings The Ballad of the Green Berets. Runtime: 2 minutes 33 seconds.
    Biographical Information Dec 1978 
    Barry Sadler Mug Shot.
    Barry Sadler Mug Shot.
    In December 1978 Sadler was having a affair with Darlene Sharpe. She was the former girlfriend of country singer and songwriter Lee Emerson Bellamy. Bellamy was an ex-con who at one time managed the careers of both George Jones and Marty Robbins.

    According to court records Bellamy had harassed both Sharpe and Sadler, and had a violent confrontation with the two of them in a Nashville parking lot, during which he threatened their lives.

    One night Bellamy made several harassing phone calls, including one to the restaurant where Sadler and Sharpe were having dinner with friends. Sadler called the police, who did nothing. The couple then went to Darlene’s apartment. Bellamy also showed up there. Sadler slipped out a side door. When Bellamy saw him he retreated to his van. Sadler would latter testify that he saw a flash of metal, which he took to be a gun. From forty feet away, with only a single streetlight for illumination he shot Bellamy right between the eyes. To make matters worse, according to court records, Sadler then planted a gun in Bellamy’s van.

    Sadler was charged with second-degree murder, but a plea deal reduced it to voluntary manslaughter. He was initially sentenced to four to five years in prison. Sadler's lawyer managed to get the sentence reduced to 30 days in the country workhouse, of which he ended up serving 28. The district attorney didn't push it because he didn't think he could get a jury to convict a war hero.
    Died 5 Nov 1989  Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I61339  Nagel
    Last Modified 13 Oct 2021 

    Father John Bright Sadler,   b. 5 Mar 1911, Cleburne, Johnson, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1948, Carlsbad, Eddy, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Blanche Handsford Littlefield,   b. 5 Sep 1917, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 2003, Golden, Jefferson, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 15 May 1935  Maricopa County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Abt 1945 
    Family ID F18564  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lavona Edelman 
    Married 1963 
    Children 
     1. Thor Paul Sadler  [Birth]
    +2. Baron Rob Sadler  [Birth]
     3. Brooke Ashley Sadler  [Birth]
    Last Modified 13 Oct 2021 
    Family ID F18565  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart