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MAJ Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr

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MAJ Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a Major in the 308th Bombardment Group. He was awarded the CMOH for his heroism and bravery over the South China Sea on October 26, 1944. His citation reads "He piloted a B-24 bomber in a one-plane strike against a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea on the night of 26 October 1944. Taking the enemy force of 12 ships escorted by at least 2 destroyers by surprise, he made 1 bombing run at 600 feet, scoring a near miss on 1 warship and escaping without drawing fire. He circled. and fully realizing that the convoy was thoroughly alerted and would meet his next attack with a barrage of antiaircraft fire, began a second low-level run which culminated in 2 direct hits on a large tanker. A hail of steel from Japanese guns, riddled the bomber, knocking out 2 engines, damaging a third, crippling the hydraulic system, puncturing 1 gasoline tank, ripping uncounted holes in the aircraft, and wounding the copilot; but by magnificent display of flying skill, Maj. Carswell controlled the plane's plunge toward the sea and carefully forced it into a halting climb in the direction of the China shore. On reaching land, where it would have been possible to abandon the staggering bomber, one of the crew discovered that his parachute had been ripped by flak and rendered useless; the pilot, hoping to cross mountainous terrain and reach a base, continued onward until the third engine failed. He ordered the crew to bail out while he struggled to maintain altitude and, refusing to save himself, chose to remain with his comrade and attempt a crash landing. He died when the airplane struck a mountainside and burned. With consummate gallantry and intrepidity, Maj. Carswell gave his life in a supreme effort to save all members of his crew. His sacrifice, far beyond that required of him, was in keeping with the traditional bravery of America's war heroes". His Medal was posthumously awarded to him on February 4, 1946. Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas was named in his honor.


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  • Added: 4 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9812
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Horace Seaver Carswell, Jr (16 Jul 1916–26 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9812, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .