USAS Mourns the Loss of Joe Berry

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 12, 2012)

USASUSA Shooting mourns the loss of Colonel Joseph "Joe" B. Berry of New Port, Wash.  Berry passed away on Jan. 6, 2012, and was an integral part in the creation of USA Shooting as we know it.  Berry will be remembered for his executive level of marksmanship leadership.  He was a team leader for numerous prestigious international shooting events including the Olympic Games, World Shooting Championships, Pan American Games and the Championships of the Americas.  Moreover, Berry was also the Director of the U.S. Shooting Team from 1980-1983 and 1994-1995.  He was the founder of the U.S. Army Reserve International Shooting Team and built that organization into a world-class team that won many World Championships and Olympic medals in the 1970s and 1980s.  Berry was a pioneer in the movement emphasizing performance in team selection and rights for athletes. 

Berry was a combat veteran of two wars. He served with the 85th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division during World War II and the 32nd Infantry Regiment, Seventh Infantry Division during the Korean War. His awards include the Combat Infantry Badge with star and the U.S. Army Distinguished Rifleman Badge (1956).

His shooting career included winning the "All" Army Rifle Championship in 1957, a firing member of the winning National Trophy Rifle Team in 1957, and assigned to the Service Rifle Section of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit from 1961 to 1962.

Berry was inducted into the International Shooting Hall of Fame in 2004.  "Joe Berry was elected to the U. S. International Shooting Hall of Fame because he truly was one of the greatest USA Shooting Team Captains any of us have ever known.  He changed our Team Captain's role from a position of prestige to a position of servanthood.  For Joe, leadership was never about what someone could do for him; it was always about what he could do to serve the team and its members," explained USAS President Gary Anderson.  Berry was truly one of the “founding fathers” of excellence in Olympic shooting. 

His family has asked that gifts in Joe’s name be given to USA Shooting, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.  Please note “Joe Berry Donation” in the memo field.


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