PARENTS: Arthur M. & Adelaide B. Barrett.
SIBLINGS: One older sister & two younger brothers.
GREW UP IN: Hopedale, Massachusetts.
MARRIED TO: Eleanor L. Barrett.
CHILDREN: Two sons & two daughters [Seven grandchildren, (two boys & two girls)].
INTERESTS GROWING UP: Flying, Boy Scouts & photography (Joined the local camera &
EDUCATION: K-12 Hopedale, Massachusetts; U. S. Naval Photo School, Pensacola,
School of Modern Photography, New York City, New York; Industrial College of the Armed
Forces, Washington, D. C.;
Regents College, Albany, New York;
University of Redlands, Redlands, California.
MILITARY SERVICE: U. S. Marine Corps Active Duty, 1943-1946; Enlisted Man & Non-
Commissioned Officer (Staff Sergeant); aerial gunner; aerial, ground & motion picture
photographer; & combat cameraman. Combat Aircrewman, Marine Air Group 32, South
Pacific & the Philippines -25 Combat Missions, 1945. Tsingtao, North China, 1945-1946.
Discharged from USMC Active Duty, 30 May 1946.
Enlisted USMC Reserve- Ready Reserve (Staff Sergeant) for four years, 29 August 1946-28
U. S. Air Force Active Duty, 1949-1958; Aviation Cadet (Pilot Training, T-6 & B-25).
Tactical Assault Pilot, 1950-1951, [(C -45, C-47, C-82, C-122, & C-123, and helicopters (H-
13, H-23, H-5 )]
Helicopter pilot, 1952-1953, Korea, 63 Combat Missions, Special Warfare (Air Commando,
Adverse Weather & Night Missions), Air Rescue back-up (Six Combat Pilot Saves behind
enemy lines - both day & night.)
Tactical Assault Helicopter Pilot, 1953-1955.
US Air Force Recruiting Officer, 1955-1958; Rhode Island & southeastern Massachusetts.
Qualified in jet airplane (T-33), flew tactical missions with R.I. Air National Guard (C-45, SA-
16, H-13; and EC-121 at Otis AFB, Massachusetts. This was a very trying time for both my
family and me since keeping up my flying hours as well as my recruiting duties kept away
from home seven days and nights a week. Left active duty for a flying job in the aviation
CIVILIAN JOBS: Kaman Aircraft Corporation (Helicopter manufacturing company) 1958-
Production Test Pilot; Service Operations Pilot Representative;
Chief of Customer Training Branch (Flight Instructor & Classroom Instructor);
Operation Research Engineer; and Manager, Branch Office, Orlando, Florida.
Flew US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Coast Guard and US Air Force helicopters.
As an Air Force Ready Reserve Pilot, flew C-119, C-47, T-29 airplanes based in both
Connecticut and Florida.
Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corporation, 1963 - 1969
Assistant Branch Chief (continued flying unit USAF helicopters and as a Ready Reserve
Officer flew USAF C-119, C-47 and T29 airplanes while a fixed wing operations staff officer at
a numbered Air Force level in Florida and Illinois.
Volunteered to return to active duty in the US Air Force
MILITARY SERVICE: Active Duty 1969-1976. Staff officer- Headquarters, US Air Force Air
Staff and Reserve Assistant in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for
Manpower, Reserve Forces and Education, the Pentagon, Washington.
Flew C-131 and C-121 while at the Air Staff Norton AFB, California 1976-1978.
U.S. Air Force Inspection and Safety Center.
Reserve Assistant to the Commander, AFISC and the Deputy Inspector General of the Air
Passenger in many aircraft but never assigned as a crew member to pilot any aircraft.
USAF RETIRED: Retired to the Retired Reserve, December 1978, then again
CIVILIAN JOBS: 1980-1982. International Marketing Manager, Pacific Rim, Republic Division
of Fairchild Industries, Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. Traveled the Far East from
Thailand to Japan via Indonesia, Hong Kong & Korea.
1982-1992. Senior Aerospace Science Instructor and Chairman, Aerospace Science and
Leadership Education Department at high school level.
Commandant, Aerospace Science Academic Summer School at MCAS El Toro, Santa Anna,
& MCAS Tustin, California; Naval Training Center, San Diego, California; & Camp Roberts
Armed Forces Training Center, California.
AWARDS & DECORATIONS:
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross (Two awards)
Air Medal (Five awards)
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Good Conduct Medal
USMC Expert Rifle Badge
USMC Expert Bayonet
USMC Combat Aircrew Wings
USAF Command Pilot Wings
USAF Outstanding Aerospace Science Instructor (Two awards)
USAF/AFROTC/AFJROTC Honor School (Two awards)
USAF/AFROTC/AFJROTC Meritorious School (Two awards)
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LAWRENCE A. BARRETT
Colonel, U. S. Air Force, Retired
Veteran of Korea, Viet Nam & Cold War
Staff Sergeant, U. S. Marine Corps
Veteran of World War 2, Philippines, China & Cold war