|Lt. Carlton Carney, 4th Infantry Division, landed on Utah Beach on D-Day.|
Carlton Eugene Carney could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on April 19, 1917 in North Carolina. His parents were also both born in the Tar Heel State. His father was a railroad conductor. Carlton had two older sisters and three younger sisters.
By 1940 Carlton had completed four years of high school and was working as a bookkeeping machine operator. He enlisted as a private in the army on September 16, 1940.
Over the years of the war Pvt. Carney rose to the rank of 2nd lieutenant in Company M, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. While in the service he married Doris Smith Carney.
Excluding the paratroopers who jumped in during the early hours of June 6, 1944, the 8th Infantry Regiment troops landing at Utah Beach were the first American infantry to set foot in France on D-Day. During the fighting to clear the Cotentin Peninsula over the next few days and weeks, Lt. Carney was captured by the Germans. The details are unknown, but while a POW, Lt. Carney was killed on June 22, 1944.
His remains were returned to be buried at Wilmington National Cemetery. I don't know what happened to Carlton's widow.
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