One of Marco’s surviving WWII vets, Owen Carr, has been admitted to Avow Hospice, according to his wife Pat.

In an e-mail Wednesday to reporter Quentin Roux of the Sun Times, Pat Carr wrote:

“Since you have published several very nice articles featuring Owen Carr and the VFW, I wanted to let you know that his health is failing.

“As of September 24 he is in Avow Hospice and now has about a week to remain with us. He mostly sleeps now, but wished that I give his farewells to a few people who have been so kind to him over the years.

“His wishes are to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with no local services or memorials.”

Most recently, Owen Carr was honored by the Marco Island Academy’s football team, which played against a Texas team in his name.

Writing about Carr at that time, the Sun Times’ Steve Stefanides recounted that Carr was badly wounded in the Pacific Theater

Carr grew up in Dallas and attended the Crozier Technical High School prior to his graduation.

In 1942, after turning 18 years old, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to join the war effort.

Airman Carr was assigned to the 13th Air Force / 31st Squadron / 5th Bomb Group, and in 1943 was assigned to Henderson Field in Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

This was the site of the first major battle between the Japanese and American forces in Pacific Theater and resulted in an American victory and the beginning of the liberation of the Pacific Islands.

Carr was assigned to a B-24 Liberator Bomber, and in September1943 was seriously wounded when his aircraft came under heavy enemy fire. A 20-mm explosive cannon shell took Carr's left leg and eventually killed another crew member in the aircraft.

Carr's aircraft limped back to Henderson Field with the badly wounded gunner in the rear of the plane. It was there that Carr attributes a young Yale surgeon for saving his life, but unfortunately not his left leg.

Carr would spend many years and countless operations on his wounds, but would eventually be able to return to civilian life and take advantage of Public Law 16, which gave financial assistance to WWII veterans to return to school.

He would receive a B.S. in international trade from the University of Southern California in 1952. He would first be employed by North American Aviation, a major player in the American Aerospace field and would be involved in sales for that company. He would eventually leave to start his own series of successful sales ventures over the next several decades.

He met his wife, Patricia, 1973 in Germany when they both were doing some work for the Army and Air Force Exchange Services. They would marry in 1978.

Before moving to Marco Island 15 years ago, they lived in both Kobe, Japan, and Singapore. Their daughter was a graduate of Lely High School and is now married and living in Texas.

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