The USS St Louis (CL-49) was patrolling in SurigaoStrait protecting shipping in the area. Shortly before 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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