Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


Battleship WYOMING as traing ship after forward turrets converted to classrooms p 24-784
Jack Barrett served aboard the WYOMING January l922 to June l923.It was his first time handling the very large sixteen-inch guns of battleships in a fleet situation. At first the Captain H. B.Price had some doubt whether Jack's voice and personality were sufficiently forceful to commnad men and big guns in a battleship fleet situation. Jack saved his Navy career with a respectful but forceful letter presentation of his extensive experience since l909 wuith many types of guns and ships and landing force situations. He and the excitable Captain Price wound o up on terms of mutual respect.The Executive officer William D. Puleston later was head of Naval Intelligence in the l930s and wrote Naval Institute Articles critical of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I, in which many Austalians and New Zealanders died. Later the guns were removed from the front turrets of the WYOMING and she became a training ship, upon which Jack's friend Captain Frank Delahanty of the Supply Corps served in mid-nineteen thirties and saw Jack Barrett January-February l936 in Puerto Rico. Jack was in commnad of the destroyer CLAXTON (#140) in gunnery and landing force exercises at Culebra Island east of Puerto Rico. Captain Delahanty andthe WYOMING supplied the CLAXTON and the TAYLOR, commanded by Captain Walter Calhoun, who later cpommanded the BALTIMORE when she converyed President Roosevelt to Hawaii July l944 for his conference with General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz, at which it was decided to liberate the Philippines autumn l944.
Subject: battleshi0p WYOMING From l922 on the WYOMING Jack'
Year: 1935