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

 

Troops returning to USA from Brest France aboard SEATTLE Spring l9l9 #904 p 34 {4}
Jack Barrett made three round trips March-July l9l9 to Brest France as navigator of troopship SEATTLE bringing World War I soldiers home after Armistice November 11, l9l8. Some of his navigation notes survive.There were hunger and influenza among troops and French population. Some surviving notes during a stop at Brest April,l9l8 indicate some eggs were stolen from SEATTLE ship's stores in wee hours early one morning, and Jack had to investigaste and report the fact. Photo from Mollie Barrett family photo album 640 E. Seventh St, South Boston. Marine General Smedly Butler commanded troops at Brest waiting for transport l9l9.
Subject: troops aboard SEATTLE
Year: 1919