Saint Barbara’s life was undeniably an isolated one. Her parents built a vast tower with all the necessities and accommodations for her to live in 290 AD, in the Anatolian city of Heliopolis, where her father, Dioscuros, was the governor. While locked away, she had two windows in which she could gaze upon the outside world. Every day she looked out of those windows and slowly discovered Christianity by the amount of beauty in the outside world. Even though she was utterly isolated from the outside world, she was still an admired woman. Rumors of her beauty and charm spread throughout and many military officers asked her father for her hand in marriage. Barbara did not like the idea of her father picking her husband for her and once she became aware of these offers for marriage, she told her father that she would commit suicide if she was forced to wed. One day while she was still coming more and more into Christianity, her father left town for another city giving specific instructions and building plans to workers for a new bathhouse for her daughter. Knowing that her f...
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..., military functions, and dinners in her name. (Macri, Giancarlo 1SG. Interviewed by Aaron M. Gonzales. “Description of St. Barbara Medallion.” October 2011.)
Researching Saint Barbara and creating this paper will ultimately help influence young ADA (Air Defense Artillery) soldiers so they have knowledge of their MOS’ history. The Patron Saint of Air Defense Artillery will always be huge a part of our tradition and an interesting story to pass on to younger generations of service members.
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