David Walter Carr
LAURENS — Veteran of three wars dies at 88. David Walter Carr of Laurens (formerly of Morris) passed away Aug. 21, 2013, in the company of his family. He died of complications following elective surgery at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
David Walter Carr was born in 1925, in Oneonta, the son of George A. and Lois Burd Carr.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March 1943, after graduating from Morris Central School. An enlistment classification examination called the “Eddy Test” was used to single out men that had the aptitude for the intense training required to operate and repair a new secret weapon developed by the British; Radar. David was sent to Texas A&M to receive two years of college electrical engineering in three months.
He then finished his training at a secure base on Ward Island in the Gulf. Because of his performance he was retained and became an instructor for the duration of the war until being discharged in April of 1946.
In August of 1950, David and Beatrice Skoglund were married at the West Laurens Community Church.
He was recalled to active duty to serve for the Korean War. After his release in 1952, he worked as a trainman as his father did on the D&H Railroad out of Oneonta.
In 1958, after the births of his first two children, he re-enlisted in the Navy. Because he had been out of the Navy for six years, he was required to start over as an Airman. He passed all rank reviews on his first attempts and became a Master Chief (E-9) in the shortest time of anyone in the Navy before him. He served all of this last enlistment assigned to Fleet Air Wing 3 at Brunswick Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine.
This base was the largest concentration of Anti-Submarine aircraft in the Navy. Through this home base he served deployments throughout the world including Iceland, Azores, Sicily, Madrid, Athens, and San Juan. He served in support of his squadron’s P-2 aircraft surveillance of nuclear missiles aboard Russian freighters during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
He later served a secret mission that thwarted a Soviet attempt to gain strategic nuclear advantage. For this, he received his highest decoration, the Navy Achievement Medal. He was summoned to Washington and the medal was personally presented to him by the Secretary of the Navy with a citation that in part reads “for an act vital to the security of the United States.”
He was offered the position of the Pentagon’s Master Chief of the Navy, but declined so that he could remain closer to his family in the Northeast.
Master Chief Carr retired from the Navy in 1973, and returned to Elm Grove in Morris where he pursued another passion: Genealogy. Between his many trips throughout the Northeast searching for family ties he tended his abundant gardens which he loved to share with all admirers.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice; and three children, daughter, Dr. JoAnn Albertin with husband Thomas of Acton, Mass.; son, David G. Carr of Acton, Mass., and son, James D. Carr with wife Kelly of Woodland Park, Colo. He has five grandchildren, Caroline Albertin of Chicago, Ill., Katherine Albertin of Chapel Hill, N.C., David Walden Carr of Sarasota, Fla., Daniel and Adam Carr of Woodlawn Park, Colo. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Carr of Ft. Lupton, Colo.; and brother-in-law, Sidney Pickens of Oxford.
Graveside services with military honors will be held in Hillington Cemetery in Morris at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. The family will meet with guests after the service at the United Methodist Church in Morris.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnstonfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.