http://tucsonwavemed.com/wp-json/oembed/1.0/embed?url=https://tucsonwavemed.com/contact/ Carlton William Barrett was born on November 24, 1919 in Fulton, New York. He enlisted voluntarily in the United States Army on October 29, 1940, about one month before his twenty-first birthday. In civilian life, Barrett had left school after his sophomore year in high school and had been working as a cook.
The 18th RCT was the second of the 1st Division’s regiments to hit the beach, beginning their landing at about 1000 hours. They landed amidst a carnage of shredded landing craft and vehicles, mounting casualties from the 16th RCT that had landed before them, and a gigantic fight remaining to get off the beach and attack inland.
Barrett’s assigned role during the landing was as a guide; assisting other soldiers ashore. He repeatedly went from shore to surf and back assisting the wounded, always while exposed to enemy fire.
He became one of three 1st Division soldiers to earn the Medal of Honor on D-Day.
BARRETT, CARLTON W.
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944. Entered service at: Albany, N.Y.
Citation: 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 Iying 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.
The motto of the 18th Infantry Regiment is “In Omina Paratus” – “Prepared For All Things”. Carlton Barrett certainly was when liberty needed him the most. He survived World War II and remained in the Army until retiring in June 1963 as a Staff Sergeant.
Carlton Barrett passed away on May 3, 1986. He rests in peace in the Napa Valley Memorial Park, Napa, California.