Carter, Paul Dean, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1971-1971, 1981, D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry
Service Years
1967 - 1971



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Casualty Info
Home Town
Louisville, KY
Last Address
Louisville, KY

Casualty Date
May 27, 1971
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Louisville Memorial Gardens - Louisville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 056/ Old Rugged Cross, Lot 394, Space 3

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialKentucky Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Last Known Activity

I considered CPT Paul Carter, who we called George, a good friend. George was very well liked and was a very good pilot. I can't remember his call sign other than it being Charlie Horse. I recall that the official story was that they hit a snag while making gunruns in support of a ground unit. The unofficial version was that George had been saying that he was going to show WO1 Foy a thing or two, or make a point for some reason. He had been making his dives steeper than usual and pulling out lower than usual. According to most versions, they were not supporting any ground unit; George just flew it into the ground. It was a tragedy for everyone that knew him. I don't know what was on his mind or what happened but if the unofficial version is true George was acting very much out of character.

Captain Paul Dean Carter was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the US Army Reserve, CPT Carter served our country until May 27th, 1971 in Quang Tri, South Vietnam. He was 28 years old and was married. It was reported that Paul died when his plane was shot down and crashed. His body was recovered. Paul was born on January 16th, 1943 in Louisville,Ky. CPT Carter is on panel 03W, line 056 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 1 year.

He was the handsome high school football hero of every girl's dreams at Butler High School in Louisville, Ky. He held the state high school shotput and discus records for many years. He left us too soon. This remembrance has put me in contact with Paul's nephew Chris, who lives in Indiana. We now correspond by email, not only about Paul but about Chris and his son who has served in Irag but came home safely, by the grace of God. Peg.

He was the husband of Janice L. Carter of Louisville and the son of William C. Sr. and Mary G. Dodds Carter in Louisville on January 16, 1943. Cpt Paul Dean Carter served as a Captain with Delta Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 5th Infantry Division, USARV. 

He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal for his combat wounds, The Air Medal with Devices, The National Defense Service Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Vietnamese Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.
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 Unit Assignments
U.S. Army Primary Helicopter Center (Cadre) Fort WoltersU.S. Army1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry
  1968-1969, U.S. Army Primary Helicopter Center (Cadre) Fort Wolters
  1969-1969, Aviation Officers' Advance Course
  1970-1971, 1981, HHT, 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
  1970-1971, 1981, C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment
  1971-1971, HHT, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry
  1971-1971, 1981, D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 16, 1961, High School Highlights3
  Jul 15, 2013, General Photos5
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