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COL Robert C. Barrett
Inducted 19 November 1999
Colonel Robert C. Barrett, a native of Royal Oak, MI, graduated from Royal Oak High School in June 1953 and Western Michigan University in 1957 with a Degree in Business Administration. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps, after completing the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Western Michigan University. His military education includes the completion of the Basic and Advanced Quartermaster Officer Courses, the Infantry Officer's Basic Course, Special Forces Officer Course, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
During his career he served in troop units as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Quartermaster Company Commander, Supply Officer in the 5th and 6th Special Forces Group, Supply/Logistics Officer, Allied Command Europe Mobile Force and Commander of the 553rd Supply and Service Battalion, Ft Hood, Texas. He commanded the Defense Depot Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and was Deputy Commander of the 1st COSCOM, Ft Bragg NC. He held staff positions as an Advisor to the Republic of Vietnam Chief Quartermaster, Personnel Assignment Officer in the US Army Military Personnel Center, Director of Training Development in the US Army Quartermaster School, Ft Lee, VA, and Logistics of the Combined Field Army (ROK/US).
Colonel Barrett's last assignment was as Command and US Army Logistics Management College, Ft Lee, Virginia. He served overseas in Alaska, Germany, Vietnam, Grenada, and the Republic of Korea. Colonel Barrett's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachute Wings, Special Forces Tab, and foreign awards from the Republics of Vietnam and Germany.
Colonel Barrett retired on August 31, 1987.
Colonel Barrett is married to the former Shirley Kossen of Grand Rapids, Michigan and they have three children, Robert III, Randi and Terri.