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Checotah in McIntosh County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
 

Paul Henry Carr

1924 - 1944

 

— WWII Naval Hero, Checotah —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., March 10, 2014
1. Paul Henry Carr Marker
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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
 
Erected 1989.
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., March 10, 2014
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historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1989.
 
Location. 35° 28.281′ N, 95° 32.217′ W. Marker is in Checotah, Oklahoma, in McIntosh County. Marker is on Paul Carr Drive, ¼ mile south of Gentry Avenue (U.S. 266), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Checotah OK 74426, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Missouri-Kansas-Texas Depot (here, next to this marker); Methodist Episcopal Church, South (approx. 0.7 miles away); Towry Brothers Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); 116 South Broadway (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Gentry Block (approx. 0.8 miles away); Kniseley and Long Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); City Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Checotah.
 
More about this marker. Marker is at the MKT Railroad Depot Tourist Information Center.
 
Also see . . .
1. USS Carr (FFG 52). Navysite entry (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. USS Carr (FFG 52). Navsource Online entry (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

3. USS Carr FRG. Facebook page; site permanently closed, 2013 (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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By William Fischer, Jr., March 10, 2014
3. Paul Henry Carr Marker Detail
 

4. USS Carr Bids Farewell (Decommissioning, March 13, 2013). YouTube video (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

5. Paul Henry Carr. Find A Grave entry (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Paul Henry Carr (13 February 1924 - 25 October 1944) image. Click for full size.
via Navsource Online, unknown
4. Paul Henry Carr (13 February 1924 - 25 October 1944)
USS Samuel B. Roberts image. Click for full size.
via USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE 413) Survivors Association, 1944
5. USS Samuel B. Roberts
USS Carr (FFG-52) image. Click for full size.
via Navsource Online, 1985
6. USS Carr (FFG-52)
16 April 1985: the Pacific Ocean - Starboard beam view of Carr underway during builder's acceptance trials. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-86-00357 by Todd Pacific Shipyard Corp. from the DVIC)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4, 5, 6. submitted on February 14, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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