Edward Barrett (Medal of Honor)
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Rank||Second Class Fireman|
|Unit||USS Alaska (1868)|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
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 October 18, 1884.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Second Class Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1855, Philadelphia, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 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.
- "Interim Awards, 1871-1898; Barrett, Edward entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- "Alaska". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. Retrieved September 25, 2010.