Paul Henry Carr

Paul Henry Carr (HM1DZW)

Location: Checotah, OK 74426 McIntosh County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 28.281', W 95° 32.217'

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1924 - 1944

— WWII Naval Hero, Checotah —

Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Paul Henry Carr, USNR (1924-1944), heroic Gun Captain of the After 5-inch Mount of the Destroyer Escort, Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), died during the battle off Samar, Battle of Leyte Gulf, 25 Oct. 1944. He was awarded a posthumous Silver Star for his "outstanding technical skill" and "courageous initiative." Carr's Mount fired over 300 rounds, crippling the enemy, but Japanese shells severely damaged the Sammy B.

Carr and his crew continued to fire 6 charges by hand, however a 7th shell prematurely exploded, wrecking the gun and killing and wounding all but 3 men in the gunhouse. Although severely wounded, Carr continued unassisted to try to fire one last available round before being dragged from the gun mount. He perished a few minutes later. The USS Carr (FFG-52) was named in 1982 in honor of this enlisted man.

Family: Wife, Parents (Thomas Henry and Minnie Mae Austin Carr, farmers east of Checotah) and eight sisters.

To commemorate his heroism, this memorial placed on Paul Carr Drive.

Dedicated July 4, 1989
Year Placed1989
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Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 10:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 269809 N 3928274
Decimal Degrees35.47135000, -95.53695000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 28.281', W 95° 32.217'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 28' 16.86" N, 95° 32' 13.02" W
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Area Code(s)918
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 285-299 Enterprise Ave, Checotah OK 74426, US
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