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.
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
Navy Seal Memorial, http://www.navysealmemorials.com
Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org
Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org
Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com
Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING World War II
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.