b. 1855 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. d. ?
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 14/09/1881 Callao Bay, Peru.
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 of Honor on October 18, 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.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.