Lawrence A. Barrett, Jr., World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .
Lawrence A. Barrett, Junior
Lieutenant, US Army Air Corps
Date of Birth: November 3, 1917
Date of Death: November 12, 1941
Burial: St. Paul's Cemetery, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
Cause of Death: Aircraft Crash (transporting airplane across US)
Date of Enlistment: November 25, 1940
Hometown: Blachly's Corners
Plan Service For Aviator
Body of Lieut. Lawrence A. Barrett, Jr., Arrives In Gary Today.
The body of Lieut. Lawrence A. Barrett, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Garrett, SR., living seven miles west of Valparaiso on U. S. 30, arrived in Gary this morning from Yuma, Arizona, and was taken to the Williams and Burns funeral chapel in Gary.
The Rosary service will be held Wednesday night at 8 o'clock in the Williams and Burns Chapel.
Solemn requiem high mass will be conducted Thursday morning at St. Mary's of the Lake church at Miller, Gary, with Rev. Father Francis X. Guerre, pastor of St. Paul's Roman Catholic church of this city, former pastor of St. Mary's and close friend of the family, acting as celebrant. He will be assisted by Rev. J. H. Conway, pastor of St. Mary's, and another priest. Burial will be in St. Paul's cemetery, Valparaiso.
At the time of his death in a crash near Yuma, Arizona, on November 12, 1941 Lieut. Barrett was flying a DB-7 plane for the army command, with order to fly the ship to the east coast, from where it would be taken over by British flyers for service overseas. His body was not found until Dec. 19 last. He was based at Long Beach, Calif.
Young Barrett, who was 24 years of age, is survived by his widow, living in Detroit, who is expected to arrive in Gary tomorrow, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Barrett, Sr., of near Wheeler. A brother, preceded him in death last spring. The dead aviator was a graduate of Notre Dame in the class of 1940.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; December 29, 1942; Volume 16, Page 1 Column 5
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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook