Barrett, Robert Oren, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman First Class
Last Primary NEC
S1c-0000-Seaman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman First Class
Primary Unit
1942-1944, USS St Louis (CL-49)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Seaman First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Shamokin, PA
Last Address
631 Center St
Tharptown, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 27, 1944
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Odd Fellows Cemetery - Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, World War II Fallen

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Newport, RI)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy
  1942-1944, USS St Louis (CL-49)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Kula Gulf
  1943-1943 New Georgia Campaign (1943)/Battle of Kolombangara
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Treasury-Bougainville Operation
  1944-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of the Green Islands
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Guam
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Surigao Strait
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Feb 16, 1943, Deck Court
  Jun 01, 1943, Deck Court
  Nov 21, 1943, Summary Court Martial
  Jan 04, 1944, Summary Court Martial
  Sep 01, 1944, Promoted to S1c
  Sep 20, 1944, Summary Court Martial
  Dec 01, 1944, Tharptown Sailor Meets Death in Pacific1
  Aug 14, 1948, Bodies of 3 Shamokin Area War Dead En Route to U.S.1
  Sep 08, 1948, Body of Local Seaman to Arrive Friday Evening1
  Sep 11, 1948, Certificate of Death1
  Sep 13, 1948, Funeral Held for Tharptown Seaman1
  May 04, 1950, Application for WWII Compensation1
  Oct 12, 2019, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The USS St Louis (CL-49) was patrolling in Surigao Strait protecting shipping in the area. Shortly before noon on 27 November, 1944, a formation of 12–14 enemy planes attacked the cruiser's formation. At 1138, a "Val" made a kamikaze dive on St. Louis from the port quarter, and exploded with its bomb on impact. Fires broke out in the cruiser's hangar area and spaces. All crew members of 20 mm guns 7–10 were killed or wounded.  At 1139, a second burning enemy plane headed at her on the port beam. Flank speed was rung up and the rudder was put hard right. The plane passed over No. 4 turret and crashed 100 yd out. At 1146, there was still no CAP cover over the cruiser's formation, and at 1151, two more enemy planes, both burning, attacked St. Louis. The first was splashed off the port quarter, and the second drove in from starboard and crashed almost on board on the port side. A 20 ft section of armor belt was lost and numerous holes were torn in her hull. By 1152, the ship had taken on a list to port. By 1236, the cruiser was back on an even keel. Thirty minutes later, all major fires were out, and salvage work had been started. Medical work was well under way: 15 were dead, one was missing, 21 were seriously wounded, and 22 had sustained minor injuries.

S1c Barrett was killed in action. He was first buried in the Philippines. In 1948, his remains were returned the the United States for burial by his family.

Service number: 6509951

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