In Memory of
United States Naval Reserve, S 2C
Dale Leroy Carney
Hitchcock, South Dakota
January 2, 1920 – October 28, 1943
Killed in Action in the Northern Atlantic
Dale Leroy Carney was born in Hitchcock, South Dakota to
Michael and Izetta Carney. Dale had two younger sisters Mary and Joyce; and a
younger brother Mike. Dale attended Ladell Elementary School and worked with
his father on the farm because at that time it was hard to survive in the
thirties. He was always there to help his sisters and brother. He was
interested in horses; he often competed with his tomboy sister Mary in a race
with the ponies.
In 1942, a patriotic
volunteer, Carney entered the United States Naval Reserve. He was trained in a
camp in the Great Lakes, Illinois. Carney was with an armed guard crew on board
a merchant ship when he turned up missing and his ship were reported missing.
He was only 22.
November 1, 1943 his mother
Izetta C. Sanders received a letter from The Secretary Of The Navy stating that
Seaman Second Class Dale Leroy Carney hadn’t reached his destination along with
the rest of the vessel. The vessel was officially reported missing on October
11, 1943. In accordance with Section 5, Public Law 490, 77th
Congress, as amended, the death of Seaman Second Class Dale and of the other
members of this armed guard crew is presumed to have occurred as of 28 October
1943. Only one body of the crew was ever recovered. Two officers were taken as
prisoners of war to Germany.
Carney and his vessel were
lost in the Northern Atlantic when no word was received after November 11,
1943. Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox wrote, “I hope you may find comfort in
the knowledge that your son gave his life for his country upholding the highest
traditions of the Navy.” Carney’s name is inscribed on a wall at the
World War II Cambridge American Cemetery and
Memorial along with the names of 5,126 Americans who died in the service of
their country, but whose remains were never recovered or identified. His name
is inscribed on an obelisk in front of the Huron Public Library.
His survivors are his two
sisters Mary Dale and Joyce Cady. Dale’s father died in 1939, and his mother
died in 1983. Dale’s younger brother Michael had died in 1939.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Chad
Jessen, 9th Grade, Redfield High School, Redfield, South Dakota,
April 23, 2002. Dale Leroy Carney’s sisters Mary Dale and Joyce Cady provided
information for this entry.