In Memory Of
Marine Private First Class
George Herman Carr
Faulkton, South Dakota
April 7, 1922 – May 21, 1945
Killed in Action in Okinawa
George Herman Carr was born on April 7, 1922. He was
the oldest son of Earl and Clara Carr. His mother, Clara, died of a blood clot
after the birth of George’s brother, Roger, who was then adopted and raised by
his aunt, Dora Moul.
George had three other brothers as well, Richard,
Clarence, and Harold. George never left Faulk County until he enlisted. He
George enlisted in The Marines on November 7, 1942.
After the Marine Corps, he was sent to San Diego, California, for further
training. He was with the 6th Marines in the Pacific Ocean for
almost three years. George Carr died in Okinawa on May 21, 1945. He was
twenty-three years old.
The Chaplain of the Fourth Marines, Sixth Marine
Division, wrote to George’s father:
Your son lost his life two days
after we were committed to the southern of
the island in the drive for N***. He was hit by fragmentation from a shell
and died almost instantly. Fortunately he did not suffer for which we are
very grateful. During those days the fighting was fierce but your son did
his job very well together with the rest of the men in his squad.
George was very devoted to his
family and so often spoke of you. The men
liked him very much and appreciated his ability to release the tension with
some humorous remark.
After the war, George’s body was recovered and
brought back to the Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The way
he lived and died for his country will not be forgotten.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Adrian Anderson, 8th
Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, February 3, 2000.
Information for this entry was provided by Grace Carr of Faulkton, South Dakota.