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Carl, Marion Eugene (Marion)

Born: 1915 AD
Died: 1998 AD, at 82 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: General


1915 - He was born on the 1st of November.

1938 - He studied engineering at Oregon State College (now OSU) and graduated as a lieutenant in the Army Reserve.

1939 - Carl resigned his commission to become a naval aviation cadet and received his "wings of gold" and Marine Corps commission in December.

1941- On the 7th of December, attack on Pearl Harbor found VMF-221 preparing to embark aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-3) for transport to Marine Corps Air Station Ewa on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Carl, along with the rest of VMF-221 was hurriedly rushed to Hawaii, and then included in the Wake Island Relief Task Force, still aboard the Saratoga.

         - On the 20th of August, VMF-223 was deployed to Guadalcanal, the first fighter unit ashore with the Cactus Air Force.

1943 - Major Carl returned to the Pacific and led VMF-223 until the following summer.

1945 - Carl was graduated in the first test pilot class at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

1947 - Carl was one of two pilots selected to fly the Douglas D-558/I Skystreak in record setting speed attempts.

1954 - He led missions over Mainland China, photographing Communist forces along the coast.

1962 - Carl became Director of Marine Corps Aviation for five months.

1967-1970 - Carl received his second star as a major general , commanding the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina.

1973 - He served as Inspector General of the Marine Corps.

1992 - He was inducted into the Lancaster Aerospace Walk of Honor.

1998 - He died on the 28th of at age 82, he was killed defending Edna from a home invader. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.


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