Carr, Paul Henry, GM3c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1944, GM-0000, USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
Service Years
1943 - 1944
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Checotah, Oklahoma
Last Address
1860 E 16th St
Tulsa, OK
(Wife~Goldia Lee Carr)

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Wall of the Missing (Cenotaph)

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry

 Tributes from Members  
Allhands Story of the First Sammy B posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
Namesake~USS CARR (FFG-52) posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
Paul Henry Carr Memorial at the Katy Dep... posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
Video Tributes of GM3 Carr posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1944-1944, GM-0000, USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  USS CARR (FFG 52)2
  Memorial Headstone~Greenlawn Cemetery Checotah,OK
  May 20, 1943, Service Entry Date & Enlisted Serial Number 849-76-79
  Apr 28, 1944, Commissioning Crew USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
  Jul 01, 1944, Promoted to GM3c
  Nov 20, 2017, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The Roberts' skipper, Lt. Commander Copeland, later wrote in his report:

On Board the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) No. 2 gun, which had fired about 300 shells during the past hour, continued to bark defiance as its crew, Gun Capt, commanded by Gunner's Mate Paul Henry Carr, loaded and fired six more rounds by hand - ignoring the hazards presented by the failure of the gun's gas ejection system. Indeed, while they attempted to fire a seventh shell, an internal explosion killed all but three of the crew outright. Lt. W. S. Burton described what followed: "The first man to enter the mount after the explosion found the gun captain, Carr, on the deck of the mount holding in his hands the last projectile available to his gun. He was extremely injured. Nevertheless, he held in his hand the 54-pound projectile, held it up above his head and begged the petty officer who had entered the mount to help him get that last round out" The Petty Officer, who entered the mount, took the projectile from Carr and removed one of the other men, who was wounded and unconscious, to the main deck in order to give him first aid. When he returned to the mount, there was Gunner's Mate Carr again with the projectile in his hand, still attempting, though terribly wounded, to place the projectile on the loading tray. Dragged from the gun mount, Carr died minutes later, as did another of his wounded crewmen. Only one of the gun crew, Samuel Blue, survived.

"To witness the conduct of the average enlisted man aboard this vessel, newly inducted, unaccustomed to Navy ways and with an average of less than one year's service, would make any man proud to be an average American. The crew were informed over the loudspeaker system at the beginning of the action of the Commanding Officer's estimate of the situation, that is, a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival could not be expected, during which time we would do what damage we could. In the face of this knowledge the men zealously manned their stations wherever they might be, and fought and worked with such calmness, courage, and efficiency that no higher honor could be conceived than to command such a group of men."


Name of Award
Silver Star
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Gunner's Mate Third Class Paul Henry Carr (NSN: 8497679), United States Naval Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Gun Captain of a 5"/38 Mount on the U.S.S. SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (DE-413), in action against enemy Japanese forces off Samar Island during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, on 25 October 1944. With the power of the rammer lost and mechanical failures in the ammunition hoist, Gunner's Mate Third Class Carr manned his station steadfastly in the face of continuous close-range fire of enemy guns during an attack by a numerically superior Japanese surface force on the SAMUEL B. ROBERTS. By his outstanding technical skill and courageous initiative, Gunner's Mate Third Class Carr was instrumental in causing rapid and heavy fire from the gun to inflict damage upon an enemy heavy cruiser. Although mortally wounded by the premature detonation of a powder charge, fired by hand, Gunner's Mate Third Class Carr tried unassisted to load and ram the only projectile available to that mount after order to abandon ship had been given. His aggressive determination of duty reflected the highest credit upon Gunner's Mate Third Class Carr and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: October 25, 1944
Service: Navy
Ship: U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413)
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