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Edward Barrett
Born 1855
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Rank Second Class Fireman
Unit USS Alaska (1868)
Awards Medal of Honor

Edward Barrett (born 1855) was a second class fireman serving in the United States Navy who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Barrett was born in 1855 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and after joining the navy was stationed aboard the USS Alaska (1868) as a second class fireman. On September 14, 1881 the USS Alaska was in Callao Bay, Peru when a chamber in the ships boiler ruptured. Flames began erupting from beneath the boilers and Barrett began working to extinguish the fires. Eventually the fires where extinguished and the boiler was repaired. For his actions during the fire he received the Medal October 18, 1884.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Second Class Fireman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1855, Philadelphia, Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 326, 18 October 1884.


On board the U.S.S. Alaska at Callao Bay, Peru, 14 September 1881. Following the rupture of the stop-valve chamber, Barrett courageously hauled the fires from under the boiler of that vessel.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Interim Awards, 1871-1898; Barrett, Edward entry". Medal of Honor recipients. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  2. "Alaska". Dictonary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Naval Historical Center. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 

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