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 Preston Dewitt Carter, Jr

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Preston Dewitt Carter, Jr

  • Birth 30 Sep 1916
  • Death 6 Feb 1945
  • Burial Van Vleet, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA
  • Memorial ID 30861701

Printed in the Okolona Messenger dated Mar 1 1945

Lt. Preston Carter Killed In Action

Mrs. Mary Dale Walker Carter was notified Saturday that her husband, First Lieutenant Preston Carter Jr. son of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Carter Sr., of Van Vleet, was killed in action on Luzon on February 6. Lieut. Carter, who was with the 11th airborne division, landed near Nichols Field, south of Manila early in Februray.

A graduate of the Van Vleet High School and Mississippi State College, he was taking a course in aircraft in Los Angeles when he entered the service in June 1941. He volunteered for the paratroopers and trained at camps in California, Washington, Georgia, North Carolina and Louisiana.

He was selected for officers training and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1942. He was made a first lieutenant in 1943.

In April 1944 Lieutenant Carter was married to Miss Mary Dale Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Walker. Soon after his marriage he sailed for the South Pacific.

In November he was dropped behind enemy lines on Leyte. He came through without a scratch, although he went four days without food. He was in the jungles wet and muddy for a week. He spent a few weeks at the rest camp before going into battle again.

He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Lieut. Carter's brother, Private Daniel E Carter, is with the 6th Marine division in the South Pacific.


Printed in the Okolona Messenger dated April 21 1949

Final Rites Today for Lt. Carter

Friends and loved ones will assemble at the Methodist Church at Van Vleet at three o'clock this afternoon to pay final loving tribute to First Lieutenant Preston Dewitt Carter Jr., who gave his life for his country on Feb6 1945. The rites will be conducted by the Rev. H M Collins, of Van Vleet. Burial will be in the Asbury Cemetery two miles south of Van Vleet.

Lt Carter, son of Mr. and Mrs. P D Carter, of Van Vleet, was one of the county's most promising young men. A graduate of the Van Vleet High School and Mississippi State College, he was taking a course in aircraft in Los Angeles when he entered the service in June 1941 and volunteered for the paratroopers group. After training at camps throughout the country, he was selected for officer training and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1942 and the following year was made a first lieutenant. In the spring of 1944 he sailed for the South Pacific and in November was dropped behind enemy lines on Leyte. Although without food for several days and in the jungles, wet and muddy for a week, he came through without a scratch. With the 11th Airborne Division he landed near Nichols Field, south of Manila, P I, only a few days before he lost his life in the outskirts of southern Manila on Feb 6th.

His brother, Daniel E Carter, served with the 6th Marine division in the South Pacific.


Family Members

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Inscription

Mississippi
1st LT 511 PRCHT INF 11 ABN DIV
World War II


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  • Created by: Barbara Wiley Hamby
  • Added: 25 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30861701
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Preston Dewitt Carter, Jr (30 Sep 1916–6 Feb 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30861701, citing Asbury Cemetery, Van Vleet, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, USA ; Maintained by Barbara Wiley Hamby (contributor 46991563) .