Harry Alfred Carson
Veteran of WWII

Born: 02 Sept 1921 Died: 12 March 1969
Drafted into the US Army: 05 Oct 1944
Honorably Discharged: 17 Jan 1946

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US Army ID #: 36-917-757
Date of Induction: 05 Oct. 1944 at Chicago, Il.
Location of Training: Infantry Replacement Training Center at Camp Blanding, Fla.
Training Unit: Co. "B", 212th Infantry Training Battalion
Date of Training: 16 Oct. 1944 - 27 Jan. 1945
Qaualifications on Completion: Heavy Weapons
Badges Earned: Combat Infantryman's Badge & Marksman with M-1 Rifle
Commanding Officer: E.W. Fales, Maj. Gen. US Army - Headquarters - Replacement and School Command
Army Ground Forces.

Co."B", 212th Infantry Training Battalion
Camp Blanding, Fla.

He deaprted the US on 24 Feb. 1945 and arrived at the European Theater of Operations on
03 Mar. 1945.

Unit Assigned To: 9th Infantry Division, Co."D", 60th Infantry Regiment (Go Devils) as Heavy Weapons Crewman #812.
Battles Involved In: Rhineland
Campaigns Involved In: Central Europe

He departed the European Theater of Operations on 01 Jan. 1946 and arrived at Camp Grant, Il. on
11 Jan. 1946.

Date of Discharge: 17 Jan. 1946
Rank At Time of Discharge: PFC (Acting Corpral)
Continental Service: 00 yrs. 04 mos. 25 days
Foreign Service: 00 yrs. 10 mos. 18 days

Awards and Decorations:
European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 2 Bronze Battle Stars
Good Conduct Medal
World War II Victory Medal
1 Oversea Service Bar

During my dad's short tour of duty with the Army, he met 3 men that he became close to. Today members of their families still contact my mom on holidays. Of those 3 men, one in particular was important to me. He and my dad were foxhole buddies during their tour in the European Theater of Operations. They were such close friends, my dad decided to name me after him. Below is a picture of him and my dad.

Lloyd Eugene Turner and Dad

The other 2 men were Jim Freriks from Freemont, Michigan and Harry Schneider from Huntington Station, New York. After my dad's death in 1969 we received the following note from Harry Schneider.

To me this was the highest tribute that my dad could ever have been given. With this I say to my Dad, "Farewell to you Dad. I am very proud of you for serving our country and answering the call to war. We are very proud to have been your children. We Love you Dad."
Harry, Judy, Bob, Lloyd, Bonnie, and Ronnie.

© L.E. Carson
April 27, 1999

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