CAMP DUBBS, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Soldiers attend a memorial ceremony for Sgt. Robert J. Barrett at Camp Dubbs, Kabul, Afghanistan, April 24, 2010. Barrett, 20, of Fall River, Mass., died April 19 when a suicide bomber attacked his unit in Kabul.
Barrett, a member of A Battery, 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, is scheduled to return to Massachusetts April 29. 2010.
Barrett joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard during his last year of high school and participated in his school’s work study program doing Military Funeral Honors missions with the Guard before he even went to basic training.
After completion of military training, Barrett went on to become a member of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, Selected Honor Guard and marched in the inaugural parade in 2009.
A funeral mass will be held Saturday, May 1, 2010 at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, 327 Second Street, Fall River. Interment with military honors rendered by the 54th will immediately follow at the National Cemetery in Bourne.
Barrett was deployed with the 101 FA to Afghanistan when he died of injuries sustained during the attack on his unit. Eight other Massachusetts National Guardsmen were wounded in the attack.