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Alfred Gallagher "Spike" Berry

Alfred Gallagher "Spike" Berry

Alfred Gallagher "Spike" Berry died March 3, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Berry was born to Carolina and Bernard Censer on November 21, 1924 in Wishek, ND. As a boy he was adopted by Emery and Chloe "Betty" Berry and moved to Jamestown. He graduated from Jamestown High School and attended Jamestown College.

Berry enlisted in the US Army and served in World War II. Berry was selected to serve in the elite Ghost Army, officially known as the 23rd Headquarter Special Troop. The Ghost Army was a secret tactical unit that was specifically set up to deceive and misdirect the enemy using inflatable tanks, sound tracks and fake radio transmissions. Their unique mission was kept secret until 1996, with some elements still considered classified. In 2013, a PBS documentary aired of which Berry was featured in several segments.

After his military service, he returned to Jamestown and worked at the local radio station, KSJB. Berry spent decades in the radio industry in the Dakotas, California and Hawaii, working as an on-air personality, sales and ownership of a station in Watertown, SD.

Berry would call Hawaii his home for 20 years. While there he became involved in the travel industry, organizing cruises and group trips. He later moved to Las Vegas, NV where he enjoyed entertaining friends and family. Spike always enjoyed sharing the local attractions and being a tour guide for those that visited him in Hawaii and Las Vegas. Berry was a long time member of the Elks Lodge in Jamestown.

Berry is survived by a brother, Harry George Poulson, and nieces, nephews, great nieces and grand nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters and brothers.

Memorials may be sent to the Marvin D. Bossart Foundation for Parkinsons and Caregiver Support, %Dakota Medical Foundation, 4141 28th Ave South, Fargo, ND 58104.

Family will be gathering to meet friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Eddy Funeral Home, Jamestown.

Burial: Highland Home Cemetery, Jamestown.

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