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 David Giles Carter

David Giles Carter

Birth
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Death 18 Apr 2010 (aged 81)
Mystic, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Specifically: Ashes will be buried with wife's ashes at her passing.
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USMA Class of 1951. Cullum No. 18108.

David Giles Carter was born on September 5, 1928 in the District of Columbia, the youngest son of Brigadier General William Vaulx Carter, USMA Class of 1904 and Margaret Woodbury Carter. He was the fifth generation of West Point graduates in his family. His paternal grandfather, Major General William Giles Harding Carter, USMA Class of 1873, was awarded the Medal of Honor for action against the Apaches at Cibicue Creek, Arizona Territory, in 1881. He was the great-great-grandson of Thomas Childs, USMA Class of 1814; the great-grandson of Daniel Phineas Woodbury, USMA Class of 1836 and the grandson of Thomas Childs Woodbury, USMA Class of 1872. He was a graduate of St. Albans in the District of Columbia. On June 5, 1951 he graduated and received his commission in the Corps of Engineers. Two days later on June 7, 1951, he married Sabra Ann Ely. He was assigned to branch school at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. By winter 1952, he was deployed to Korea, where he served in an Army engineer battalion. The battalion was involved in building roads and bridges after the final United States advance. After Korea, he returned to Fort Belvoir, where he was as aide de camp to the commanding general of the Engineer School. He was reassigned every 18 months for his entire career. He earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at Texas A&M, one of several education assignments that included the Engineer combat developments study group in Virginia and the Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. His career included two tours in Germany. In Murnau, David he taught demolitions and mine warfare at the Army Engineer School. He then moved to Ulm, where he was an engineer company commander in the 4th Armored Division. His second tour was as commander of the engineer combat battalion in Karlsruhe and then with the engineer staff, NATO forces, in Mannheim. His tours of duty included assignments with the Corps of Engineer Civil Works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Louisville, Kentucky. In 1964, he was in Vietnam advising a Vietnamese lieutenant colonel responsible for units throughout South Vietnam. Six years later he returned as a facilities planner to assist with the United States withdrawal. From 1971 to 1974 he was professor of military science at the University of Rhode Island which was his last assignment. He was elected to the faculty senate and also became coach and faculty advisor to the university lacrosse club. In 1974 he retired from the United States Army. For the next 20 years he was in education administration, teaching and coaching at Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, Rhode Island and later at the Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia. He died on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Survivors included his wife of 58 years; two daughters and sons-in-law; one son and daughter-in-law; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two brothers and their families.
Sources: The Westerly Sun, Rhode Island, Wednesday, April 21, 2010 and United States Military Academy Association of Graduates memorial.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Giles Carter (5 Sep 1928–18 Apr 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 135557389, ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 49021614) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, who reports a Ashes will be buried with wife's ashes at her passing..