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, 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

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1966, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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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
1st Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment2nd Infantry DivisionInfantry Officer Advanced Course
Berlin CommandCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course82nd Airborne DivisionU.S. Army
2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1951-1951, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC
  1951-1951, HHC, 1st Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1952-1953, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment
  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, 82nd Airborne Division/HHC
  1966-1966, Military Assistance Training Advisor Sector Unit/Advisor Course (MATA)
  1966-1966, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment
  1966-1966, 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)/Operation Attleboro
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 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.

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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