Paul Henry Carr - Checotah, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 35° 28.277 W 095° 32.211
15S E 269818 N 3928267
Quick Description: A memorial to Gunner's Mate 3rd Class, Paul Henry Carr, stands near the entrance to the Katy Depot Museum and Visitors Center, 100 Paul Carr Dr, Checotah, OK, providing a biography of this sailor who was killed in World War II.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 6/20/2018 1:05:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMYJG6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
The USS Carr (FFG-52) was named for him, and both the ship and the ship's emblem flank a depiction of this lost sailor. The marker reads:

Paul Henry Carr
Chicotah
WW II
1924 - Naval Hero - 1944

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
Website pertaining to the memorial: [Web Link]

List if there are any visiting hours:
Daylight hours are best, although there are no fences or gates to keep you out at night


Entrance fees (if it applies): None

Type of memorial: Monument

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