Carter, Arthur David, ARM2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
ARM-0000-Aviation Radioman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Radioman
Primary Unit
1943-1944, ARM-0000, USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
ARM-Aviation Radioman

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Bronx, New York
Last Address
4590 Soyten Duyvil Parkway
Riverside, NY

Casualty Date
Apr 29, 1944
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, WW II Memorial National Registry

 Tributes from Members  
Sailor, Rest Your Oar posted by Ipox, Eugene Claude, Jr., TM1 2021
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Combat Air Crew Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
VT-24US Navy
  1943-1944, ARM-0000, VT-24
  1943-1944, ARM-0000, USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Majuro (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Wakde
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Apr 29, 2015, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Arthur D. Carter, 7064889, Radioman, Avenger Torpedo Bomber, Torpedo Squadron 24, Air Group 24, U.S.S. Belleau Wood.  Killed in Action on 29 April 1944 when his Torpedo Bomber was shot down during a raid on Truk.  Born on 23 December 1922, he entered the service on 19 August 1942 from Bronx, New York.

Before the war, Arthur Carter worked as a clerk.  He enlisted in the Navy at 19 years old and following training was assigned as an Aviation Radioman in Scouting Squadron 24  on 31 December 1942.  On 1 March 1943 this squadron became Composite Squadron 24 (VC-24) where it joined the U.S.S. Belleau Wood on 30 April 1943 before becoming Torpedo Squadron 24 (VT-24) on 15 December 1943.  ARM3c Carter completed three months of air crew train on board the carrier and earned his Aircrewman Insignia on 16 July 1943.  He completed another important milestone for a sailor when the U.S.S. Belleau Wood crossed the equator on 1 September 1943 and ARM3c Carter became a qualified "Shellback." 

On 29 April 1944, ARM2c Carter was radioman on a Avenger Torpedo Bomber piloted by Lt.(jg). Ernest W. Wood, Jr with AOM2c Robert B. Wagenknecht as the rear gunner.  They were conducting a "glide bombing" mission on Truk Island.  Flying threw intense Japanese anti-aircraft fire, their aircraft was seen to have released its bombs before beginning to smoke.  The plane then crashed into the sea at a 35 degree angle.  No survivors were located.

ARM2c Carter's body was never recovered and is listed on the Tablet of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.  He was 21 years old.


Service number: 7064889
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