|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1924|
|Death: ||Dec. 26, 2008|
SEASIDE – Grover C. Carver, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather passed away on December 26, 2008. He was 84 years old. Grover was the 9th of 13 children born of Marshall Rite Carver and Francis Juliana O'Banion Carver on March 9, 1924 in Simpson, Louisiana, where he resided until he entered the Civilian Conservation Corps, working at Union Creek, near Crater Lake, Oregon. He left C.C.C., going to Oakland, where he worked briefly at Jack London's First and Last Chance by the Estuary. He soon found work at Kaiser's shipyard until his draft number was called. Grover entered the United States Navy and became assigned to the U.S.S. Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser which became the flag ship of Adm. Ramond A. Spruance, USN.
Grover married Zola Areitio (Be) on November 9, 1944 in Oakland, California, near Lake Merrit.
Grover was one of the 317 survivors out of the 1,197 aboard when the ship was torpedoed on July 30, 1945 and sunk. They were treading in the ocean when spotted by an angel, Lt. Wilbur C. Gwinn. The survivors dubbed him Chuck "Angel" Gwinn. Grover was discharged just shy of three years in service.
Grover secured employment at M.J. Murphy, Inc. in Carmel as a apprentice carpenter. A part of the company evolved to become Knapp Mill and Cabinet, where he was a master cabinet maker. Grover remained there until he retired after 40 years in the Carpenter's Local Union #605. After retirement, he enjoyed international travel with his wife and two daughters. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf with his buddies. He also kept a pretty good garden of fresh veggies and fruit.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Zola (Be); daughters, Nadine Furtado and Victoria (Garret) Paynter; grandsons, Gary Jr., Darrin, and Anthony Furtado, Christopher and April Paynter.
He was a great grandfather to Bryanna Kelly, Deanna, Alaina, Shelby, Trevor, Rayna, Dylan and Ellie Furtado and great-grandfather to Evan Kelly. He is also survived by sisters, Cleola Tilley, Claudia Vay Willis, Lauri Dodson and brother, Cullen Carver.
Services will be held at Mission Memorial Park, 1915 Ord Grove, Seaside. Visitation will be in the Chapel from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30, 2008. A funeral service in the Chapel at Mission Memorial Park is on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Contributions may be sent to theU.S.S. Indianapolis/Gwinn "Angel" Scholarship Fund, GTRCF, 250 East Front St., Suite 310, Traverse City, Michigan 49684.
Simpson resident U.S.S. Indianapolis survivor dies
By Staff reports
Leesville Daily Leader
Wed Jan 07, 2009, 08:23 AM CST
SEASIDE, Calif. -
Grover C. Carver, 84, a former Simpson resident and survivor of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, which was sunk in 1945, passed away Dec. 26, 2008.
After being drafted, Carver entered the United States Navy and became assigned to the U.S.S. Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser which became the flag ship of Adm. Ramond A. Spruance, USN. At a little past midnight on July 30, 1945, the ship was hit by two torpedoes fired by the I-58, a Japanese submarine. With all electric power knocked out, the order to abandon ship was passed by word of mouth, according to testimony by the ship's captain, Captain Charles B. McVay, III. The testimony, as well as other material about the ship's sinking, can be found on the Web at www.history.navy.mil. Another website devoted to the ship's sinking, www.ussindianapolis.org, claims that McVay was unfairly court-martialed over the disaster. He was posthumously exonerated by the United States Congress in 2000.
Of the 1,196 aboard, about 900 survived the ship's sinking. Some, including McVay, were able to find life rafts and survive the subsequent ordeal in the water. Most wore the standard life jacket, which was designed to last only about 64 hours, according to McVay's testimony. Survivors fought exhaustion, hallucinations, hunger, thirst and sharks as they waited to be pulled from the water.
About five days later, 316 survivors, including Carver, were pulled from the ocean.
Marshall Rite Carver (1883 - 1959)
Frances Julia Ann O'Banion Carver (1892 - 1953)
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