Barry Sadler

About Barry Sadler

Who is it?: Soundtrack, Actor
Birth Day: November 01, 1940
Birth Place:  Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
Allegiance: United States of America
Service/branch: United States Air Force (1958–62)  United States Army (1962–67)
Years of service: 1958–67
Rank: Staff Sergeant Airman First Class
Unit: U.S. Army Special Forces - 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Battles/wars: Vietnam War

Barry Sadler

Barry Sadler was born on November 01, 1940 in  Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States, is Soundtrack, Actor. 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.
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As per our current Database, Barry Sadler has been died on November 5, 1989(1989-11-05) (aged 49)\nMurfreesboro, Tennessee, U.S..

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When Barry Sadler die, Barry Sadler was 49 years old.

Popular As Barry Sadler
Occupation Soundtrack
Age 49 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born November 01, 1940 ( Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States)
Birthday November 01
Town/City  Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
Nationality United States

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Barry Sadler’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius. According to astrologers, Sagittarius is curious and energetic, it is one of the biggest travelers among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. Sagittarius-born are able to transform their thoughts into concrete actions and they will do anything to achieve their goals.

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Sadler dropped out of high school in the tenth grade in Leadville, Colorado. He enlisted at 17 in the U.S. Air Force in 1958. He finished his GED certificate while in the Air Force. He trained as a radar technician in 1958 and was stationed in Japan. After his discharge in 1962, Sadler enlisted in the U.S. Army, and volunteered for Airborne and Special Forces, opting to be a medic.


When he completed Airborne training, he underwent the lengthy training as a combat medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In May 1965, while he was on a combat patrol southeast of Pleiku in the Central Highlands, he was severely wounded in the knee by a feces-covered punji stick. Sadler dressed the wound with a cotton swab and an adhesive bandage, then completed the patrol; however, he subsequently developed a serious infection in his leg, and was evacuated to Clark Air Force Base Hospital in The Philippines. Doctors were forced to surgically enlarge the wound to drain it and to administer large doses of penicillin. Sadler returned to Fort Bragg where he made a complete recovery.


Sadler was unable to score anything close to a major success, though his "The A-Team " was a Top 30 Billboard chart single during 1966. He took his honorable discharge from the Army in May 1967, and moved with his family to Tucson, Arizona. After minor acting roles in four episodes of two TV western series--"Death Valley Days and "The High Chaparral"--and in the 1968 caper film Dayton's Devils starring Rory Calhoun, he moved to Nashville, and begin writing pulp fiction novels. His popular Casca series is about the title character, Casca Rufio Longinius (a combination of Longinus and the Wandering Jew), a legendary Roman soldier who thrust his lance into Christ's side during the crucifixion. Because of this, he is cursed to remain a soldier until the Second Coming. The novels feature Casca's life through the 20th century. Sadler wrote the first twenty-two books. After his death the series continued with books written by different authors.


On December 1, 1978, at about 11 p.m., Sadler killed a country music Songwriter named Lee Emerson Bellamy with one gunshot to the head. The shooting was the culmination of a month-long dispute the men had concerning Darlene Sharpe, who was Bellamy's former girlfriend, and Sadler's lover at the time. Bellamy made many harassing telephone calls to Sadler and Sharpe, had one violent confrontation in a Nashville bar's parking lot, and threatened both their lives.


On the night in question, Bellamy made several harassing telephone calls, including one to the Natchez Trace Restaurant where Sadler and Sharpe were having dinner and drinks with two friends. That resulted in Sadler asking a bartender to telephone the police, who never responded. Bellamy later went to Sharpe's apartment complex and knocked on the door. Sadler exited through a side door. On seeing Sadler, Bellamy fled to his van. It was at this time, Sadler testified, that he saw a flash of metal. Believing it to be a gun, he fired one shot. The bullet struck Bellamy right between the eyes, and he died several hours later in a Nashville hospital. It turned out that Bellamy was unarmed. According to court records, Sadler had then placed a handgun in Bellamy's van, presumably to strengthen his claim of self-defense. After a plea bargain, on June 1, 1979, Sadler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for the death of Lee Emerson Bellamy, and sentenced to from 4 to 5 years in prison. His legal team worked to lower the sentence, which a judge reduced to just 30 days in the county workhouse. He served 28 days. Sadler was sued for wrongful death by Bellamy's stepson, and was ordered to pay compensation of about $10,000.


Sadler moved to Guatemala City in 1984. He continued to write and publish his Casca books, produced a never-released self-defense video, and provided free medical treatment in rural villages. On September 7, 1988, Sadler was shot in the head while sitting in a cab in Guatemala City. Witnesses said he accidentally shot himself, but his friends and family believed he was shot by a robber or an Assassin. He was flown to the United States by friends in a private jet paid for by Soldier of Fortune magazine publisher Bob Brown.


After being moved to the Cleveland VA Hospital for specialized treatment, he was removed from the hospital by two former Green Berets and his mother, Blanche Sadler. After a contentious court battle waged by his wife and children, a court in Tennessee ruled that Sadler be put under the care of an independent guardian. Sadler was moved to the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in February 1989, but he never recovered from his injury. He died there of cardiac arrest on November 5, 1989, four days after his 49th birthday. Sadler was survived by his wife, Lavona, a daughter, Brooke, and two sons, Thor and Baron.

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