b. 24/11/1919 Fulton, New York. d. 03/05/1986 California.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 06/06/1944 St Laurent-sur-Mer, France.
Joined the United States Army from Albany, New York in October 1940. He was a member of, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Barrett was one of four Medal of Honor recipients on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
He continued serving in the Army until June 1963, retiring with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
On the morning of D-day Pvt. Barrett, landing in the face of extremely heavy enemy fire, was forced to wade ashore through neck-deep water. Disregarding the personal danger, he returned to the surf again and again to assist his floundering comrades and save them from drowning. Refusing to remain pinned down by the intense barrage of small-arms and mortar fire poured at the landing points, Pvt. Barrett, working with fierce determination, saved many lives by carrying casualties to an evacuation boat lying offshore. In addition to his assigned mission as guide, he carried dispatches the length of the fire-swept beach; he assisted the wounded; he calmed the shocked; he arose as a leader in the stress of the occasion. His coolness and his dauntless daring courage while constantly risking his life during a period of many hours had an inestimable effect on his comrades and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.
BURIAL LOCATION: CHAPEL OF THE CHIMES CEMETERY, NAPA, CALIFORNIA.
Garden of Peace, Lot 4, Grave E