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Long Overdue Recognition
for Military Service Comes at Last
Almost 67 years after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, TFCU member and former Navy Petty Officer Third Class Loyd “Lucky” Carter recently received long overdue commendations. A chance conversation with a young Navy Petty Officer currently stationed at Tinker Air Force Base led to a moving ceremony held in March to honor Carter, who is pictured after the ceremony with TFCU employee Candy Ewing Loyd Carter pictured with Candy Ewing
The Petty Officer met Carter during the holidays and took an interest in Carter’s comment that he had never received any medals for his wartime service, except for one Purple Heart, and took it upon himself to check out Carter’s story.
His investigation determined that Carter was, indeed, due several medals for his service on the USS California and the USS Indianapolis. Both ships were sunk by the Japanese during the war while Carter was on board. The USS California was hit during the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. The USS Indianapolis was hit in 1945 and sunk. After four days of floating in the water before being rescued, Carter was one of only 316 of the crew who survived, out of 1,196 men on board.
Carter received seven medals at the ceremony – Combat Action Ribbon, Unit Navy Accommodation Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal, America Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with 10 Stars, WWII Victory Medal and Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal. As Carter wiped tears from his eyes, the Petty Officer he had met and a U.S. Navy Commander pinned the medals on him one at a time. Sailors stood in uniform to watch the ceremony, along with Carter’s family and friends. In addition to the medals pinned on Carter, the Petty Officer who led the investigation also made Carter a shadow box with a second set of the medals to display and a flag enclosed that had been flown over both the USS California Memorial and the USS Indianapolis Memorial.
We are proud to have Mr. Carter as a member, as well as the many veterans and current military men and women who protect our country,
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