Silver Star to Paul Henry Carr

Citation accompanying award of the Silver Star, posthumously, to Paul Henry Carr of the USS Samuel B. Roberts

THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
Washington

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the
SILVER STAR MEDAL posthumously to

PAUL HENRY CARR, GUNNER’S MATE THIRD CLASS
UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Gun Captain of a 5″/38 Mount on the USS Samuel B. ROBERTS, in action against enemy Japanese forces off Samar Island during the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, October 25, 1944. With the power of the rammer lost and mechanical failures in the ammunition hoist, CARR manned his station steadfastly in the face of continuous close-range fire of enemy guns during an attack by a numerically superior Japanese surface force on the Samuel B. Roberts. By his outstanding technical skill and courageous initiative, CARR was instrumental in causing rapid and heavy fire from the gun to inflict damage upon an enemy heavy cruiser. Although mortally wounded by the premature detonation of a powder charge, fired by hand, CARR tried unassisted to load and ram the only projectile available to that mount after order to abandon ship had been given. His aggressive determination of duty reflected the highest credit upon CARR and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.”

For the President,
/s/ James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

From the book “Little Wolf at Leyte”, Appendix E, page 124 by J. Henry Doscher, Jr., CAPT., USNR (Ret), author of “Subchaser in the South Pacific”. Page adapted from that of Robert Jon Cox.

On February 26, 1983, the day the USS CARR (FFG 52) was launched, the governor of the state of Oklahoma proclaimed the day to be “Paul Henry Carr Day.”

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