Barott, William Chauncey, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1951 - 1966
Foreign Language(s)


Lieutenant Colonel

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Fayetteville, NY
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 04, 1966
Hostile, Died while Missing
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Pleasant Cemetery - Canastota, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
12E 017/ Section 10 lot 4

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1966, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Master Parachutist

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1947, US Military Academy (West Point, NY), A
 Unit Assignments
504th Airborne Infantry1st Battalion, 38th Infantry2nd Infantry DivisionInfantry Officer Advanced Course
Berlin CommandCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course82nd Airborne DivisionU.S. Army
2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1951-1951, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1951-1951, HHC, 504th Airborne Infantry
  1952-1953, HHC, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry
  1952-1953, 2nd Infantry Division
  1954-1954, Infantry Officer Advanced Course
  1956-1958, HQ Berlin Command
  1958-1959, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course
  1964-1966, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1966-1966, Military Assistance Training Advisor Sector Unit/Advisor Course (MATA)
  1966-1966, 1542, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry
  1966-1966, 1542, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1965-1965 Operation Power Pack (Dominican Republic)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Attleboro
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1947-1951, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

William Chauncey Barott, USMA '51

The Philadelphia Daily News, October 26, 1987.

Barott's life was the Army. He had assignments in Japan, Korea, Germany and the Dominican Republic before becoming commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, in Viet Nam in May 1966. Barott, 38, was killed on November 4, 1966, while leading his battalion into a ferocious battle at Dau Tieng, Tay Ninh Province, in an effort to free another battalion pinned down by heavy enemy fire. The lieutenant colonel was postumously awarded the Silver Star. He was survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters and his mother.



Operation Attleboro was a search and destroy operation conducted northwest of Dau Tieng, Tay Ninh Province, RVN, during September 14 – November 24, 1966. While the initial fighting was light, in late October U.S. forces, consisting of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade and the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment (25th Infantry Division), encountered the 9th Viet Cong Division, resulting in a major three-day battle.

It was a slugfest of small units set amid treacherous terrain of tangled forest, overgrown jungle, and booby-trapped elephant grass. In the early afternoon of November 4th, Brigadier General Edward H. de Saussure directed LTC William C. Barrott, commander of the Second Battalion of the 27th, to insert a rifle company at a landing zone called LZ Lima Zulu slightly north of where First Battalion was fighting and conduct a sweep to the sounds of battle until the two units linked up. The mission fell to Charlie Company commanded by CAPT Gerald F. Currier. After insertion, the company formed with Third and Second Platoons in line and abreast, while First and Weapons Platoon were strung out in column behind them. As the company advanced, they moved through an open field and then an abandoned enemy field kitchen.

Next they passed through and around a U.S Army aid station where some wounded from the 196th were being treated. The soldiers slogged forward in temperatures well over 100 degrees. After moving through a clearing, Second Platoon became pinned down by enemy fire coming from concealed bunkers. Hearing the fire, CAPT Currier moved up to the point of contact and plopped down amidst the pinned-down platoon. Feeling an urgency to keep the platoons moving forward, and perhaps seeking to set an example for his men, CAPT Currier jumped to his feet. Before he could lunge forward, a machine-gun blast caught him square on and riddled his body from head to belly. As he toppled back, he fell back into his platoon sergeant arms, dead. An instant later, enemy fire swept their position again, killing PFC Robert L. Wright. PFC Luis A. Perez-Cruz was also hit, a tree sniper on the right side putting a bullet through the top of his helmet. The battalion commander, LTC Barrott, had uncharacteristically accompanied his men in the field during the insertion. He too crawled up to the point of contact, borrowed an M-79 grenade launcher from a grenadier, and fired it on two Viet Cong who were visible in the open.

After killing one of the VC, Barrott rose to his feet shouting, “Follow me, Charlie Company!” He did not know, however, as he bounded forward that he entered into an enemy fire lane. A machine-gun burst ripped through the upper part of his body, killing him instantly. SGT Howard C. Barker, the company RTO (radio telephone operator), tried to follow. He died the same way. The pinned-down platoon quickly became isolated. PFC Lawrence E. Besson was killed when two LMG’s (light machine guns) blasted at him as he crawled past one of the fire tunnels. His sacrifice allowed his comrades to locate the enemy guns that hit him, and a burst from an American M-60 machine gun on the spot resulted in a prolonged scream from the enemy line. Shortly afterward, PFC Bobbie Young thought he saw a figure moving through the grass from out of the tree line. When he stood to look, a grenade exploded next to his leg, shrapnel smashing into his jaw, and as he toppled, a machine-gun burst killed him. Second Platoon’s medic, SP4 Rodney E Althoff, already wounded by a grenade slug, moved over to see if he could do anything for Young. A bullet killed him before he could get to the dead man. After dark, 2LT Robert L. Adams received a request to take some grenadiers and try to neutralize the enemy bunker line.

Despite the danger the task presented, 2LT Adams took it calmly, simply shrugging it off with the words, “I’ll try, but it isn’t much use.” What men, or how many, he took along with him, nobody knows. In the darkness, no one saw them take off. How Adams was killed, and how the patrol was wiped out, are questions unanswerable. They went forth; they did not return. Adams’ body was found later. Later, it was decided that the company would form up together in the dark to pass the night. Only one soldier was lost between this time and the following morning when a relief force finally arrived. PFC Jose L. Fontanez-Velez was killed when a rifle bullet perforated his helmet and skull. The troops later agreed that a tree sniper must have done it. The relief force arrived at 10:50 AM the next morning. [Taken from,, and the book “Ambush” by S.L.A. Marshall]


                              The Army General Orders for his 2nd Silver Star reads:
For gallantry in action: Lieutenant Colonel Barott distinguished himself by heroic actions while commanding the 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry during Operation Attleboro, in the Republic of Vietnam. Approximately fifteen miles east of Tay Ninh, the 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry was pinned down by exceedingly heavy fire in a densely wooded area. Lieutenant Colonel Barott's battalion was flown from Cu Chi to Dau Tieng as a reserve force. The Viet Cong began to make successive human wave assaults on the 1st Battalion. The 2d Battalion was committed to attack the flank of the pinned down battalion. Eagerly seizing the mission, Lieutenant Colonel Barott promptly organized his battalion for a helicopter lift into the objective area. Shortly after landing, he led his force into the dense jungle to attack the enemy flank which could be identified by the heavy firing. He was in radio contact with the commander of the beleaguered unit and all coordination had been completed. As he moved through the hot, humid terrain, a Viet Cong machine gun suddenly began firing at a very close range. The heavy vegetation of the jungle prevented prompt location of the gun, but Lieutenant Colonel Barott quickly organized his troops and began moving them around the line of fire. As he moved from man to man giving encouragement, the machine gun began firing again. However, this last fusillade enabled Lieutenant Colonel Barott to spot the exact location of the enemy weapon. He instructed the men on either side of him to load their weapons with fresh magazines and place fire on the Viet Cong gun emplacement. He then rose to lead the assault with the cry, "Let's go, Wolfhounds." As he courageously led the charge in the face of insurmountable odds, Lieutenant Colonel Barott was killed by a heavy burst of fire from the machine gun. His unimpeachable valor and fearless leadership proved inspirational to the men of the unit. His gallant actions and heroic sacrifice reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
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