Drew James Barrett III
With a home of record listed as Carlisle, Barrett was the son of Colonel Drew James Barrett, Jr., a faculty member of the U.S. Army War College.
Born in Denver, Colorado on 3 January 1945, Barrett went to Duke University and entered the Marines while his father was on duty at Carlisle.
A platoon leader in Company K, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, Barrett was mortally wounded in battle on 27 February 1969. He died 9 March 1969, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Jimmy, I had been in Nam for a year and a half when I received word that you had received your commission and were on your way too!
One day I received a letter from my father that you had been wounded in combat. I made arrangements with my Commanding Officer to hitch a chopper ride up to your location, so that I could visit with you.
As I was preparing to board the chopper, my CO stopped me, telling me that you had died on the operating table. He also told me that your Platoon had been ambushed and that you had nearly been cut in half by AK-47 fire. It was a miracle that you had made it to the operating table at all.
This is a photo of you and your dad taken on the day that you received your Commission.
Whenever I am at Arlington National Cemetery to visit the rest of our family, I always stop by your grave to say “hello” and tell you how much you are still missed!
Love, Jay (Posted by: James B. Bonham, III)
Full Name: DREW JAMES III BARRETT
- Date of Birth: 1/3/1945
- Date of Casualty: 3/9/1969
- Home of Record: CARLISLE, PENNSYLVANIA
- Branch of Service: MARINE CORPS
- Rank: 2LT
- Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
- Casualty Province: QUANG NAM
BARRETT, DREW JAMES III
- Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps
- DATE OF BIRTH: 01/03/1945
- DATE OF DEATH: 03/09/1969
- BURIED AT: SECTION 35 SITE 4722
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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