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Army Sgt. Robert J. Barrett

Died April 19, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom

21, of Fall River, Mass.; assigned to the 1st Battalion, 101st Field Artillery Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard, Fall River, Mass.; died April 19 near Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained in the explosion of an improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol.

Barrett’s body returning to hometown

The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. — The body of a soldier killed in Afghanistan is coming home.

The remains of Army Sgt. Robert Barrett of Fall River will be flown to Hanscom Air Force Base on April 29 for the start of three days of services, starting with a motorcade to his hometown.

A public wake is scheduled for April 30 at the city’s high school, B.M.C. Durfee High School. Barrett, 20, was a 2007 Durfee High graduate.

A funeral Mass is scheduled for early May 1 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, followed by burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Barrett, who was helping to train Afghan police, was killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul on April 19. He leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter.

Post office in hometown to be named for Barrett

The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. — The U.S. Senate has passed legislation honoring a 20-year-old Fall River native who was killed when a suicide bomber attacked his unit in Afghanistan.

Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said Friday that legislation to rename the main post office in Fall River in memory of Sgt. Robert Barrett passed in the Senate on Thursday night.

Barrett was training Afghan police officers when the suicide bomber stole a uniform, infiltrated the group he and eight other U.S. soldiers were training and launched the attack in April.

The bill was introduced in the House by Frank and co-sponsored by all 11 members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation.

Sens. John Kerry and Scott Brown sponsored the bill in the Senate.

The bill is heading to President Obama for his signature. Barrett served at Obama’s inauguration.

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