Barry Sadler

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Barry Sadler : biography

November 1, 1940 – September 8, 1989

Barry Sadler (November 1, 1940November 5, 1989) was an American military veteran, author, actor, and singer-songwriter. Sadler served as a Green Beret combat Medic with the rank of Staff Sergeant in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Most of his work has a military theme, and he billed himself as SSG Barry Sadler, although his label credits read SSgt Barry Sadler.

Later years

Literary works

Sadler was unable to score another major hit, though his "The A-Team " was a Top 30 Billboard chart single in 1966. Sadler took to writing novels. He chose to write about soldiers, but his series of books was far different from his music. His popular Casca series centers on the title character, Casca Rufio Longinius (a sort of combination of Saint Longinus and The Wandering Jew), the Roman soldier who stabbed Christ during the crucifixion, and is thus cursed to remain a soldier until the Second Coming. The novels takes Casca to the 20th century. Sadler himself wrote only the first few books, the remainder being assigned by the publishers to ghost writers though issued under his name. Subsequent books have been written by different authors.

  • List Of Works In The Casca Novel Series

Lee Emerson Bellamy

On December 1, 1978, at around 11:00 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 over Darlene Sharp, who was Bellamy’s former girlfriend, and Sadler’s lover at the time. Bellamy was not pleased by her involvement with Sadler. Witnesses gave testimony that prior to the shooting, Bellamy made many harassing phone calls to Sadler, and numerous threats on his life.

On the night in question, Bellamy made several harassing phone calls, including one to the Natchez Trace Restaurant, where Sadler and Sharp were having dinner and drinks with several friends. That led to Sadler asking the bartender to call the police, who never responded. Bellamy later followed the group to Sharp’s residence and knocked on the door. Sadler exited a side door to try to catch him in the act, and upon seeing Sadler, Bellamy proceeded to aggressively approach him. Retrieved 11-30-2012 It was at this point, Sadler testified, that he saw a flash of metal. Thinking this was a gun, he discharged his weapon once. Bellamy was struck in the head and died the following morning. It was later shown that Bellamy was unarmed, and that the flash of metal was likely from his car keys. After the shooting, according to court records on the case, Sadler then placed a handgun into Bellamy’s van. This may have been to strengthen his case for self-defense, which initially, is what Sadler claimed. This was later changed to a plea of guilty. On June 1, 1979, Sadler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Lee Emerson Bellamy, and sentenced to 4–5 years in prison. Upon appeal, due to the circumstances of the case, his sentence was reduced to only 21 days. Sadler was later sued for wrongful death by Bellamy’s estate, and was ordered to pay restitution of around $10,000.


Sadler moved to Guatemala City-in the mid 1980s and often hung out at a bar/restaurant called La Europa (also known as Freddie’s Bar for the German proprietor). He continued to publish the Casca books (mostly using various ghostwriters), produced a self-defense video (which was never released) and even helped with vaccination programs in rural villages.

On September 7, 1988 in Guatemala City, Sadler was shot in the head one night in a cab by someone pursuing a robbery attempt. He was airlifted back to the United States by friends from Soldier Of Fortune, where he was hospitalized and remained in a coma for several months. He eventually was released, but with significant brain damage. When released from the hospital in January 1989, Retrieved 11-30-2012 he was reported missing by Sadler’s family. He was eventually found by his family. He died on November 5, 1989 at his mother’s home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, of complications from his gunshot injury. Retrieved 11-30-2012