In Memory of
Robert E. Carnie, IV
Died July 4, 1944
Killed in Action over Romania
Robert E. Carnie, IV was
born in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents were Robert Carnie, III and
Catherine Carnie. He had one sister, Jacqueline, and one brother, Keith Edwin.
Mr. Carnie came to South Dakota in 1941 and was employed by the South Dakota
Game Fish and Parks Department in Woonsocket. He was married to Marie Lavold,
Redfield, in Redfield, SD. They had one son, Robert E. Carnie, V.
Lieutenant Robert E. Carnie,
IV, age 23, was killed in action over Romania on July 4, 1944. The lieutenant
had been flying pursuit planes in North Africa and Italy since April and was
credited with shooting down two German planes and destroying one on the ground.
He had been in the service since January 1943. In September 1943 he was
commissioned a second lieutenant at Taft, California.
Lieutenant Carnie was
awarded the following decorations:
For extraordinary achievement
in aerial flight as pilot of a P-51 type aircraft. On July 4, 1944, Lt.
Carnie participated as escort to bombers attacking enemy targets. Approaching
the target, he observed approximately fifteen enemy fighters preparing to
engage the rear flight of bombers, and with complete disregard for the
superiority in numbers of enemy aircraft, Lt. Carnie immediately engaged the
hostile force. In the ensuing engagement, he materially aided his leader in
destroying four enemy fighters while seriously damaging one through his own
effective fire. While pressing his attack against an enemy plane at minimum
altitude, due to an unknown and unavoidable accident his aircraft crashed to
the ground. By his outstanding courage against heavy odds, keen sense of air
discipline, and in tense devotion to duty, as evidenced throughout his
brilliant combat career, Lt. Carnie has reflected great credit upon himself
and the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
AIR MEDAL AND FOUR OAKLEAF CLUSTERS
meritorious achievement in aerial flight while participating in sustained
operational activities against the enemy from May 1944 to June 6, 1944; June
9, 1944 to July 1944, and for the destruction of three enemy aircraft, type
ME-109 on June 9, 1944; type FW-190 on 30 June, 1944; and type ME-109 on July
Major General, The Adjutant
At the time of his death he
was survived by his wife, Mrs. Marie Carnie; a son, Robert E. Carnie, V; a
sister, Miss Jacqueline Carnie; a brother, Lt. Keith Edwin Carnie of the United
States Army Air Force; and his father, Robert E. Carnie, III of Salina, Kansas.
I am humbly grateful to
Robert E. Carnie, IV for his service and sacrifice in World War II.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Casey Bortnem, 8th
grade, Rutland Junior High School, Rutland, SD, April 2, 2002. Robert W. Kappel,
Woonsocket, SD, a good friend of Robert E. Carnie, IV, provided information for