John Francis Barrett

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John Francis Barrett

  • Birth 2 Sep 1907 Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 17 Aug 1942
  • Burial Panama City, Panamá, Panama
  • Plot Plot C Row 6 Grave 26
  • Memorial ID 19335121

Boatswain's Mate First Class (Active Duty)

Unit: "USS BASS"

Wars: World War II
Marker: 756
Date of Birth: September 2, 1907
Date of Death: August 17, 1942
Section: C
Row: 6
Grave: 26
Remarks: A 35 year old married American man from Pennsylvania serving as a Boatswain's Mate aboard the submarine "USS Bass" (SS-164) with 18 years service during World War II. On August 17, 1942 while submerged, a fire started in the after battery room and spread to the torpedo room killing 25 crew members from asphyxiation from poisonous gas. He was buried at Corozal American Cemetery.
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Rank/Rate Radioman, First Class
Service Number 243 12 11
Birth Date September 2, 1907
From New London, Connecticut
Decorations
Submarine USS Bass (SS-164)
Loss Date August 17, 1942
Location In the Pacific off Balboa, Panama
Circumstances After Battery fire

Remarks John was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He is buried at the Corozal American Cemetery, Panama.

Photo and information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

USS Bass was recommissioned at Portsmouth, New Hampshire on 5 September 1940, and assigned to SubDiv 9, Atlantic Fleet. From February–November 1941, she operated along the New England coast and made two trips to St. George, Bermuda. She arrived at Coco Solo, Canal Zone on 24 November and was on duty there when the Japanese launched their attack on Pearl Harbor.

In 1942, Bass was attached to Submarine Squadron 3 (SubRon 3), SubDiv 31, Atlantic Fleet. From March–August, while based at Coco Solo, she made four war patrols in the Pacific, off Balboa, Panama. While at sea on 17 August 1942, a fire broke out in the after battery room and quickly spread to the aft torpedo room and starboard main electric motor, resulting in the death of 26 enlisted men by asphyxiation.[13] The following day, Antaeus arrived to assist the submarine and escorted her into the Gulf of Dulce, Costa Rica. Both then proceeded to Balboa.


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  • Created by: Michael Harrington
  • Added: 11 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19335121
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Francis Barrett (2 Sep 1907–17 Aug 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19335121, citing Corozal American Cemetery and Memorial, Panama City, Panamá, Panama ; Maintained by Michael Harrington (contributor 46760007) .