Edward Barrett (Medal of Honor)

Edward Barrett (born 1855) was a second class fireman serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.

Edward Barrett
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
RankSecond Class Fireman
UnitUSS Alaska (1868)
AwardsMedal of Honor


Barrett was born in 1855 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and after joining the navy was stationed aboard the USS Alaska (1868) as a second class fireman. On September 14, 1881 the USS Alaska was in Callao Bay, Peru when a chamber in the ships boiler ruptured. Flames began erupting from beneath the boilers and Barrett began working to extinguish the fires. Eventually the fires where extinguished and the boiler was repaired. For his actions during the fire he received the Medal October 18, 1884.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Second Class Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1855, Philadelphia, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884.


On board the U.S.S. Alaska at Callao Bay, Peru, 14 September 1881. Following the rupture of the stop-valve chamber, Barrett courageously hauled the fires from under the boiler of that vessel.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Interim Awards, 1871-1898; Barrett, Edward entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  2. ^ "Alaska". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. Archived from the original on March 2, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2010.

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