Ellis J. Barrett, 84, of Hawkins County died last Sunday (Oct. 12, 2008).
You probably don’t know Mr. Barrett, but he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, World War II. He was a machine gunner serving from 1943 through 1946 with the 41st Division, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Company D. He served as an infantry combat soldier in the South Pacific Theater, specifically the Philippine Islands, Biak Island and New Guinea and was a member of the occupational forces in Japan. During his service, he was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, A P Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, World War II Victory Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation and the Bronze Star medal. After serving in World War II, he then served three years with the Army Reserves.
I just wanted to tell ya’ll this because I thought you ought to know.