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Carlton William Barrett (November 24, 1919 – May 3, 1986),[1] a native of Fulton, New York was a United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor for heroism near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, France on June 6, 1944 during the Normandy landings (World War II).

Carlton W. Barrett
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Born(1919-11-24)November 24, 1919
Fulton, New York
DiedMay 3, 1986(1986-05-03) (aged 66)
Place of burial
Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery Napa, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1940 - 1963
RankArmy-USA-OR-06.svg Staff Sergeant
Unit18th Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsMedal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor


Military serviceEdit

Joined the United States Army from Albany, New York in October 1940.[2] 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.[3]

He continued serving in the Army until June 1963, retiring with the rank of Staff Sergeant.[4]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in the vicinity of St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France. 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.[5]


Carlton W Barrett died on May 3, 1986 and he is buried at Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery in Napa, California.[1]

See alsoEdit


  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ a b "Carlton W. Barrett". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
  2. ^ WWII Army Enlistment Records
  3. ^ "World War II Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  4. ^ America's Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients
  5. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients". United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2010.

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