Joseph Raphael Barbaro, 82, a retired Navy rear admiral who commanded an attack transport in amphibious operations in the Atlantic and the Pacific during World War II, died of pneumonia Dec. 14 at the Woodbine nursing home in Alexandria. He had lived in Alexandria for 16 years.
As commander of the Thomas Jefferson, he landed troops on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day. His ship also landed troops and supplies on the beaches of southern France and on Okinawa in the Pacific.
After the war, he served in the office of the chief of naval operations, where he became assistant director of the naval missions division. From 1951 until retiring in 1953, he was the U.S. naval attache in Venezuela.
His decorations included two Legions of Merit and the Bronze Star. He also received medals from Ecuador, Chile, Peru and Venezuela.
After leaving the Navy, he spent seven years with Green Associates Consulting Engineers in Baltimore before retiring a second time in 1960.
Adm. Barbaro was a native of Massachusetts and a 1921 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He served in the Atlantic in World War I as a midshipman. Before World War II, he had various assignments at sea and headed the U.S. Naval Mission in Ecuador.
Surivors include his wife, Sophronia, of Alexandria; a son, Joseph H., of Fairfax; a stepdaughter, Jane Hunt Kieninger of Knoxville, Tenn.; two stepsons, Ralph W. Hunt of Reston and Cmdr. William B. Hunt of Charleston, S.C., and eight grandchildren.