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.