Garrett was commissioned a lieutenant (junior grade) in the United States Navy during World War II and was assigned to Naval Air Station Alameda. Afterwards, he served aboard the USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE-81), the USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16) and the USS Hornet (CV-12) and at Naval Air Station Dallas and Naval Station Great Lakes.
From 1965 to 1966, Garrett served in the Vietnam War as Force Chaplain of the III Marine Amphibious Force. During this time, he was awarded the Legion of Merit. In 1969, he became Fleet Chaplain of the United States Atlantic Fleet. The following year, he was named Chief of Chaplains and remained in the position until his retirement in 1975.
Following his retirement from the Navy, Garrett served as Senior Minister at Epworth United Methodist Church in Norfolk, Virginia.
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