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   Sgt Grady C. Carr, son of Mr. and Mrs.. Alphens Carr, 308 Garrard St, Covington, has returned to the United States after serving 16 months as a squad leader in the European theatre.  He has received the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantry Badge and the European Campaign Ribbon with two battle stars.

The Cincinnati Inquirer, Cincinnati, OH, Saturday, July 14, 1945, Kentucky Edition, Page 8]

[Jumpmaster note:  It is interesting that the news article did not mention the fact that Grady had been a POW]

CARR, GRADY C. (Charley)   Sgt., U.S. Army,.  Born may 9, 1918.   Entered service Jan 2, 1942.  Ft. Benning, Ga.; England; Ireland; Luxembourg; France; Holland; Belgium.  Prisoner of War in Germany.  Awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Citation and three Bronze Stars.  Attended Crichton schools.  Presbyterian.  Son of Mr. and Mrs. Alpheus Carr, East Rainelle, W. Va.

[from Young American Patriots publication]

[Jumpmaster Notes: 

  •  Since Grady was captured in Holland, the references to Luxembourg and Belgium must refer to locations he was taken to while a POW.
  •  The reference to three Bronze stars probably was the campaign stars on the EAME ribbon.

[courtesy of Pamela Pomeroy]

Grave marker for Grady C. Carr in Section N, Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Crawley (Greenbrier county), West Virginia.

Grady enlisted in the Army at Fort Thomas, Newport, KY on 9 January 1942.  Five days later Pvt Carr was transferred from Fort Thomas to Co D, 508th PIR at Camp Blanding Florida.

Sgt Carr was listed as seriously wounded on 7 June 1944 in France.  He was evacuated to an aid station and then sent to the 192nd General Hospital which was then in Cirencester (Gloucestershire), England, about 90 miles northwest of London.

Sgt Grady returned to the 508th on 8 July 1944 but was immediately transferred to Service Company for light duty.  After 6 days of rest he was transferred back to Company D.

Fit enough to make the Holland jump on 17 September, he was captured that same day and was liberated from Dulag Luft Grosstychow Dulag 12 at the end of the war.

His military decorations include the Purple Heart.

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