- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 26, 2006

Raymond Barrett, 83, retired Army colonel

Raymond “Red” Dalton Barrett, retired Army colonel, died Oct. 8 of kidney failure at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax County. He was 83.

Col. Barrett was born Dec. 9, 1922, in Charleston, S.C., and grew up in Daytona Beach, Fla. He graduated from St. Paul High School in 1940 and joined the Army after 31/2 years of studying engineering at the University of Florida.

Col. Barrett’s military service spread through three wars over three continents in 31 years. During World War II, he served as a forward artillery observer in the 103rd Infantry Division supporting the 409th Infantry Regiment.

After World War II, Col. Barrett was transferred to Camp Swift, Texas, where he met and married Madge McBride in July 1946.

During the Korean War, Col. Barrett served with the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment as part of the 3rd Infantry Division. He later was called up to be the aide-de-camp for the commander of X Corps.

He also commanded the 1st Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division along the demilitarized zone in Korea in 1967 and 1968 when there were numerous incursions by North Korea across the DMZ. Col. Barrett’s brigade was involved in the response to the capture of the USS Pueblo and to a raid by North Korean infiltrators on the South Korean president’s quarters in Seoul.

Col. Barrett later worked for the Operations Directorate of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he assisted in the management of operations in Asia and the Pacific. His military awards included a Bronze Star with V device and a Silver Star.

After retiring in 1974 and living in McLean, Col. Barrett focused on raising his four children and serving his community.

He was an active member of St. Luke Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Military Officers Association of America. He also served as a board member of the 103rd Infantry Division Association.

Col. Barrett played golf regularly with the Arlington Seniors, the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and experiencing life in the great outdoors.

Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia Barrett Beck of Port Huron, Mich., Barbara Barrett Sanders of Silver Spring and Kathleen Barrett Johnson of Oak Hill; a son, retired Army Maj. Gen. Raymond Dalton Barrett Jr. of Kansas City, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife died in 1997.

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