In Memory of
Army Private First Class
Martin J. Barrett
Lake City, South Dakota
October 3, 1919 -- February 17, 1945
Died Of Wounds in the Philippine Islands
Martin J. Barrett was born in Marshall County
on October 3, 1919, to Agnes and Heman Barrett. He was the third child out of
four brothers and five sisters. He lived on his family farm in Marshall County
during the Great Depression. He had a simple life on the farm, where he loved
to ride horses and was thrown a few times by his horse, Peanuts. He went to a
little schoolhouse until the 8th grade and he loved adventures, as proven by his
hopping a freight train out West and back!
Martin worked in the CCC camp for a good
period of time. In his spare time he worked on the neighbor’s farm. Martin
always brought candy home for his siblings. He bought the family their first
radio, which they listened to only on special occasions.
Martin enlisted in the service April 26,
1941. He was sent first to Fort Snelling, then to Camp Claiboune, Louisiana. He
was in the 164 Infantry, 34th Division. He was supposed to come home in December
of 1941, but Pearl Harbor happened, so he or nobody else could come home on
leave. Instead he was shipped out to the South Pacific. His sister, Evalyn
Bauer, remembers that “Martin was loved and respected by every man in his
company, at work or play he was always cheerful.”
Army PFC Martin Barrett fought in several
battles such as the Battle of Bouganville and Leyte Island in the Philippines.
Pvt. Barrett died of wounds in the Philippine Islands on February 17, 1945,
after being hit by sniper fire on February 10, 1945.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Kyle Laughlin, 8th Grade
Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, October 31, 2000. Information for this
entry was provided by Mrs. Evalyn Bauer, Houghton, South Dakota, sister of
of Martin J. Barrett.