Washington Sub-Branch member William (Bill) Francis Barlow died on Saturday morning May 15, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Friends are invited to express their condolences at Money and King Funeral Home located at 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA 22180 on Saturday, May 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on June 25th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery. The R&SL will be represented at both events (See below for Burial ritual).
Bill was proud of his service as a Marine in World War II, when he served the entire duration of the war in the Pacific theater fighting in the battles of Guadalcanal, Okinawa, Peleliu and a number of other strategic fronts. He was wounded several times in combat, convalesced in Australia and returned to service each time with his unit - not wanting to let his comrades down. He earned both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for meritorious service in action.
Bill never lost his love of Australia and New Zealand and he and his wife Blanche visited both countries over the years. Bill felt a special bond with the people of Ballarat, Victoria, where he was billeted while recovering from war wounds. Their most recent trip to Australia was a short one to Ballarat to visit with old friends.
On Saturday, May 22nd, Blanche Raff’s husband William F. Barlow passed away after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. Friends are invited to express their condolences at Money and King Funeral Home located at 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA 22180 on Saturday, May 22nd, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on June 25th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel.
Family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to one of the following organizations:
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
825 College Blvd.
Oceanside, CA 92057
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
111 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20850
The Obituary can be found