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

Paul Henry Carr

1924 - 1944

 

—WWII Naval Hero, Checotah —

 
Paul Henry Carr Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 10, 2014
1. Paul Henry Carr Marker
Inscription.

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.
 
Location. 35° 28.281′ N, 95° 32.217′ W. Marker is in Checotah, Oklahoma, in McIntosh County. Marker is on Paul Carr Drive
Paul Henry Carr Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 10, 2014
2. Paul Henry Carr Marker
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.
 
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). (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. USS Carr (FFG 52). (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. USS Carr FRG at Facebook. (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. USS Carr Decommissions After 27 Years. (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. USS Carr Bids Farewell (Decommissioning) at YouTube. (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. Paul Henry Carr at Find A Grave
Paul Henry Carr Marker Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 10, 2014
3. Paul Henry Carr Marker Detail
. (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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