The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PV2 John J. Barrett Jr, ER11151097, who died in the service of his country on February 5th, 1951 in South Korea. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death John was 22 years of age. He was from New Haven County, Connecticut. John's Military Occupation Specialty was 4745-Light Weapons Infantryman.
The decorations earned by PV2 John J. Barrett Jr include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Korea Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
In Korea, he was a member of the 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on February 5, 1951. For his leadership and valor, Private Barrett was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantrymans Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean War Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
A New Haven soldier who had been in Korea approximately three weeks, and had both his hands frost-bitten during that time, was killed in action on the central front February 15.
Pfc. John J. Barrett, 23-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Barrett of 505 Quinnipiac Avenue, was serving with the 25th Infantry Division when he was killed.
A member of a reserve unit, Private Barett was recalled to active service last November. By Christmas, he was enroute to Korea.
The young mans father today said his sons hands were severely frost-bitten after his arrival in Korea, and he had to be hospitalized. The Barretts later received a letter from the infantryman in which he said he had been sent back to the front.
A native of this city, Barrett was graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1946, and enlisted in the Army in September of that year. He spent two years in the Army, most of it with occupation forces in Germany. Upon his discharge from service, he attended the Junior College of Commerce and worked in the F. W. Woolworth & Co. store here.
In addition to his parents, he leaves three sisters, Mrs. Kenneth Williams and Dorothy Ann and Geraldine Barrett, and a brother, Robert Barrett, all of this city.
The New Haven Register, Saturday, February 24, 1951.
Co.G, 35th Inf., Korean Campaign
Note: Brother of Marceline Barrett Williams
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