- "We had to put him in the back. If we didn't, he'd take up the whole picture, he's so big! "
- ―John Rambo on Delmar Barry.
Only two members of the team lived to return to the States, one being Barry and the other his good friend John Rambo. However, Delmar had been exposed to the carcinogenic defolialent herbicide Agent Orange while in Vietnam, only to die from cancer several years later. Rambo said that Barry was so tall that he would have to stand in the back when the team took group photographs.
Much like Maureen Prescott in the famous Scream trilogy, Delmar Barry's death inadvertently set the events of the entire series in motion.
Biography - Official sourceEdit
- "Got himself killed in 'Nam and didn't even know it."
- ―Rambo revealing Barry's fate to Trautman
In the Rambo II novelization novel, Barry was an African-American whose great grandfather was an escaped slave who fought for the Union Army during the Civil War. As a little boy, Delmar was dazzled by such stories of courage, and when he grew up it inspired him to enlist in order to continue the family tradition and posthumously respect his great-grandfather. Barry was the team engineer/ explosives expert on Baker Team, which consisted of John Rambo, Joseph Danforth, Ortega, Messner, Krackhauer, Colletta and Jorgenson. Rambo and Berry became close friends during their Special Forces training after Rambo came to his aid while Barry was being harassed by a group of racist Special Forces candidates.