|Staff Sergeant Creed Carter, 38th Infantry Division|
Creed D. Carter never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on May 30, 1917 in Kentucky. His mother was also born in Kentucky. His father was born in Tennessee and worked as a farmer. Creed had three older brother, three older sisters, and one younger brother. By 1940 Creed was still living with his parents and attending college.
He enlisted as a private in the army on April 9, 1941, leaving a teaching job. At some point after entering the service he married his wife Juanita. He was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant serving in the medical department, 149th Infantry Regiment, 38th Infantry Division (nicknamed Cyclone).
The 38th arrived in Hawaii for additional training in January 1944. It continued training in New Guinea until November 1944. It joined the Battle of Leyte in early December. Sgt. Carter was one of its first casualties. He was killed on December 4, 1944. The Cyclone Division lost another 644 men before the war ended.
His remains were returned to be buried at Old Soldiers Cemetery in Tompkinsville, Kentucky. I don't know what happened to his widow.
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