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Paul H. Carr

Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Paul Henry Carr

Paul Henry Carr (13 February 1924 - 25 October 1944) was a U.S. Navy Gunner's Mate Third Class who received a Silver Star posthumously for his actions aboard USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413) at the Battle off Samar during World War II. Carr served as the gun mount captain of the Roberts aft 5-inch gun. In the ship's final action, Carr led his gunmount team to fire 324 rounds in 35 minutes.[1] As he was dying, he was found at his station gripping the last unfired round. He was buried at sea; his name is on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery[2]

The United States Navy named the guided missile frigate USS Carr (FFG-52) for him.

Carr came from Checotah, Oklahoma. He married Goldie Lee Jamison of Checotah on 23 October 1943, leaving her a widow a year and two days later. He was survived by eight sisters, who kept an active interest in the ship named for their brother, USS Carr.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Peniston, Bradley (2006). "USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413)". No Higher Honor. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  2. ^ ABMC record

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BooksEdit

  • Cox, Robert Jon (2010). The Battle Off Samar: Taffy III at Leyte Gulf (5th Edition). Agogeebic Press, LLC. ISBN 0-9822390-4-1. 
  • Hornfischer, James D. (2004). The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors. Bantam. ISBN 0-553-80257-7. 
  • Willmott, H. P. (2005). The Battle Of Leyte Gulf: The Last Fleet Action. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-34528-6. 
  • Wukovits, John F. (2013). For Crew And Country: The Inspirational True Story Of Bravery And Sacrifice Aboard The USS SAMUEL B ROBERTS. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-68189-0.