James Joseph BARRETT

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BARRETT, James Joseph

Service Number: 1200097
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 8th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR)
Born: Mossman, Queensland, 12 December 1945
Home Town: Inala, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed In Action, South Vietnam, South Vietnam, Vietnam, 28 February 1970, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Mount Gravatt Cemetery & Crematorium, Brisbane
Lawn cemetery, Mount Gravatt Lawn Cemetery, Mount Gravatt, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Adelaide Pathway of Honour - 8th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Mossman War Memorial, Port Douglas Memorial
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Vietnam War Service

12 Feb 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), SN 1200097, 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR)
12 Feb 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, SN 1200097
6 Jun 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), SN 1200097, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR)
6 Jun 1966: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, SN 1200097
14 Jan 1970: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, SN 1200097, 8th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR)
14 Jan 1970: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Corporal, SN 1200097

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Biography

Formerly a member of the regular army with C Company 2RAR, L Cpl Barrett left Australia in early 1966 as a reinforcement to 1RAR, then on operations in Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. When 1RAR returned to Australia he completed the remainder of his 12 month tour of duty with C Company 6RAR. A popular soldier, he also took up the role of canteen manager. In January 1970 he returned to Vietnam with 8RAR. On 28 February 1970 during Operation Hammersley, L Cpl Barrett's platoon was involved in two mine incidents. An engineer party moving to neutralize a booby trap initiated an M16 mine, causing seven soldiers to be killed and thirteen wounded. While looking skyward to marshal a helicopter to evacuate the last casualties, L Cpl Barrett stepped just outside a cleared area, detonating a second mine. He was killed instantly, aged 24, and three others were wounded. One of the wounded later died.

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