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Barrett, John Francis

Name and Rank, Second Lieutenant John Francis Barrett.

Unit/Placed in, 3rd Battalion (K-Comp), 5th Marines, United States Marine Corps.


John was born approx. on 20 Aug. 1921 in River Forrest,  Illinois.

Father, John F. Barrett.

Mother, Alice (Flanagan) Barrett.

Sister, Margaret Barrett.

Brothers, James, Tony, Tommy and Billy Barrett.


John entered  the service from Illinois with service number # 0-023470.


John F. Barrett was a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.


John was KIA when he was leading his squad in a rear attack at the airfield, on Sep. 15, 1944, and he is honored with a Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Marine Corps  Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.



John is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila,

National Capital Region, Philippines.


Thanks to http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_peleliu.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and ww2-europe.com.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/




Silver Star



Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Division: 1st Marine Division



The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant John Francis Barrett, Jr. (MCSN: 0-23470), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Platoon Leader attached to Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands, on 15 September 1944. Leading his platoon against strongly held enemy positions guarding Peleliu Airfield, Second Lieutenant Barrett encountered fierce rifle and machine gun opposition from enemy pillboxes located across a road parallel to the platoon’s front which caused heavy casualties in his two assault squads and completely halted their advance. After a personal reconnaissance of his platoon’s position, he left his assault squads under command of his platoon sergeant and led his support squad to the left in an attempt to outflank the enemy and attack from the rear. When a hostile mortar barrage caused heavy casualties and disorganized his flanking unit as he was leading it into position to cross the road, Second Lieutenant Barrett quickly rallied the remaining men and charged forward into the midst of the Japanese positions, launching a devastating, close-range attack with hand grenade and carbine fire until he himself fell, mortally wounded. Continuing to direct his men despite his wounds until the hostile strong point was entirely annihilated, Second Lieutenant Barrett, by his inspiring leadership, outstanding fortitude and valiant fighting spirit, had enabled his platoon to continue its successful attacks on the enemy positions and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
First Wave
Seeking shelter for the bullets
Towards the Airfield
John Francis Barrett
His rank Second Lieutenant