Sixth Graders’ Hometown Hero Essays Posted

Carlton W. Barrett

Carlton W. Barrett

FULTON NY – Sixth graders across the Fulton City School District recently completed a mini unit on Medal of Honor recipient Carlton W. Barrett of Fulton.

On D-Day, he found himself on the beaches of Normandy, France, under withering fire in conditions reminiscent of the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. At only 5’2” and 125 pounds, he swam struggling comrades into shore, and swam wounded soldiers out to evacuation boats. He also calmed panicked men and ran messages up and down the beach with no regard for his personal safety.

He did all of this while disregarding three shrapnel and bullet wounds. Eventually, he was evacuated off the beach after a blast shattered the bones in one of his feet.

Students wrote essays based on the prompt: “As a fellow Fultonian, I am proud of Carlton W. Barrett’s actions on June 6, 1944, because…”

Outstanding essays were then selected by teachers from each school. The winners will ride in Fulton’s Memorial Day Parade on May 27 and read their essays at a morning program at Memorial Park on May 29.

Essays by Maddison Schlosser, Ryan Carroll and Evan Zimmerman appear in the Memorial Day Salute program

The following are all five of the essays that were selected.

Amber Jackson
Volney Elementary
Mr. Cahill’s Class

As a fellow Fultonian, I am proud of Carlton W. Barrett’s actions on June 6th 1944, because he was courageous and showed extreme bravery.

Carlton also displayed gallantry because he was thinking of others and was helping them be safe if they were wounded.

For his actions, he earned the Medal of Honor on June 6th 1944.

Carlton was wounded and still kept going so he could save lives.

Pvt. Barrett was shot or hit with shrapnel in both hips and the left leg, and his foot was shattered by shrapnel as well.

Mr. Barrett was one of 3,498 people to be awarded the Medal of Honor and he was from Fulton NY.

Heroes represent less than one percent of our 326,000,000 plus population.

Heroes are the men and woman who wear the uniforms of the Armed Forces.

Carlton said: It was after that I knew what a hero really is. They are all heroes just for being there, especially those that never came back.

Memorial Day and D-Day are good days to remember.

Mr. Barrett remained in the U.S. Army for another 19 years.

Pvt. Barrett was one of four Medal of Honor recipients on June 6th 1944 to get a Medal of Honor.

Some super heroes are usually 6’5” tall with bulging biceps, massive shoulders with jaw limes of granite. Carlton was barley 5’3” tall and weighed 125 pounds, about the size of a sixth grade boy.

With Mr. Barrett being the size and weight he was, I think he was an amazing person for saving people so they wouldn’t die.

These examples are why I’m proud of Carlton W. Barrett’s actions on June 6th 1944.

Maddison Schlosser
6th Grade

As a fellow Fultonian, I am proud of Carlton W. Barrett’s actions because he was very brave.

Many people wouldn’t risk their lives like he did.

He saved people from drowning, even though he could’ve drowned.

He was only 5’3” but yet he saved so many peoples lives.

I honestly don’t think that anybody could ever be as brave as him.

Carlton helped the people that were injured, he calmed the people who were in shock or scared and in doing so, he arose as a leader.

He wasn’t like some people who, do something tiny and act like they’re heroes.

After everything Carlton did he still didn’t consider himself as a hero.

He said that all of the men that died were the true heroes, but honestly I think he was most definitely the hero.

He’s different than other heroes.

He’s not 6’7”, he doesn’t wear a cape, he can’t fly, he doesn’t have any super powers – but he’s still a hero.


Because of his bravery.

Fulton should be proud of Carlton Barrett, our real life hero!!

Ryan Carroll
6th Grade

As a fellow Fultonian, I am proud of Carlton W. Barrett’s actions on June 6th, 1944, because he has done something that no other Fultonian has done before!

I know this because during the D-Day invasion, standing at only five-foot three-inches tall, he rescued multiple soldiers from drowning in deep waters.

Another reason is that on top of that, he was getting shot at while he was saving these soldiers.

He never thought of himself as a hero, even though while wounded himself, he risked his life to save so many.

Before Mr. Barrett, Fulton didn’t have any people that had done something so great that they received the Medal of Honor, handed to them by the President of the United States of America!

Carlton W. Barrett has proven that anything is possible, even when you grow up in such a small city as Fulton.

This is why I am proud of Carlton W. Barrett and all he has done to serve this country and to represent the city of Fulton!

Carter VanBuren
Ms. Pinkevicz – 6th Grade
Granby Elementary

As a fellow Fultonian, I am proud of Carlton W. Barrett’s actions on June 6, 1944.

He saved many lives and helped many people on that terrifying day.

Carlton Barrett was a Medal of Honor award winner that was from Fulton, New York.

He was one of the only four recipients to receive the honor from D-Day.

Carlton W. Barrett was born on November 24, 1919.

Carlton W. Barrett is considered a hero of World War II because of his bold and brave actions.

What makes Carlton W. Barrett a hero is the fearless way he swam from the beach on the English Channel that was enflamed with fire to a boat anchored miles off shore carrying comrades and wounded soldiers back and forth until they were free from danger.

As Barrett rescued the wounded, he himself was injured.

Barrett was shot at twice; by shrapnel, once in the hip and once in his leg (the bones were shattered when hit) all while putting other people’s lives before his.

Some characteristics that describe Barrett are determined and courageous.

Private Carlton W. Barrett was a true hero; he belonged to the 18th Regimental Combat Team.

This team was an honor to be a part of, like any branch or combat team in our military.

When Private Barrett was ever asked about his actions on D-Day, his story stayed quiet and he stayed humble.

He was quoted saying, “it was after that, that I knew what a hero really is.  They are all heroes just for being there, especially those that never came back.”

Carlton W. Barrett never returned to live in Fulton, he chose to live a quiet life in California.

However, our community can continue to honor his bravery and remember the courage it takes for our military to protect our country and each other, especially on Memorial Day.

Evan Zimmerman
Volney Elementary
April 28, 2017

As a fellow Fultonian, I am proud of Carlton w. Barrett’s actions on June 6th, 1944 because on June 6th, 1944, also known as D-day, the Allied forces suffered 4,000 casualties, and thousands more were wounded in a successful attempt to claim the beach of Normandy, France, to push the Nazis back to Germany.

Also known as Operation Overlord, that day was probably the most important day in WWII.

Of the thousands upon thousands of soldiers who went into battle on that fateful day, only four were awarded the Medal of Honor.

Of those four, only one survived: Private Carlton W. Barrett of Fulton, NY.

Pvt. Barrett, on D-day, carried his injured comrades to safety, rescued drowning soldiers, and delivered messages, all while being shot at by machine guns and dodging grenades.

Not only that, but he was also wounded.

He got shot or hit by shrapnel from a grenade in his left leg and both hips.

It wasn’t until shrapnel from a grenade shattered the bones in his foot that he couldn’t carry on.

It must have taken extreme bravery and valor to even have the guts to do that.

I personally don’t even have the guts to even join the military, much less do what Pvt. Barrett did that day.

Although most people think of heroes as characters like Captain America and the Hulk, I think people like Carlton W. Barrett are the biggest heroes, even though Pvt. Barrett was 5 foot 3 inches tall and weighed 125 pounds.

That is why I am proud of Carlton W. Barret for what he did on June 6th 1944.

Fulton Memorial Day Salute
The 36th Annual Fulton Memorial Day Salute’s main entertainment act will be Dan Elliott and the Monterays.

Originally formed in East Syracuse in 1962 as the Monterays, Dan Elliott and the Monterays are known as Upstate New York’s longest working band.

The Fulton Memorial Day Salute will be held on May 27 at the Fulton Community Center.

It will feature a parade at 10 a.m., rides, food and entertainment.

Dan Elliott and the Monterays will perform at 8 p.m. to be followed by a fireworks display over Lake Neahtawanta.

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1 Comment

  1. Bravo young students!

    Keep the memory of D-Day in your hearts and minds,learn as much as you can of that Day.
    June 6th is almost upon us take time in that day to remember the
    sacrifice of the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy and the sacrifice they paid. “Freedom is not free”

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