George's Story

MILLINOCKET - George H. Carpenter, 95, previously of Florida, passed away Friday, March 11, 2016 at Florence Hand Home. He was born July 13, 1920 in Constantia, NY, to the late Carl Philo and Helen Carpenter.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith L. Carpenter and his second wife, Erna E. Carpenter.

George worked as a hospital orderly making $17.00 per week until he joined the United States Army on September 8, 1942. He was assigned as a Medical Technician with Squadron E, 1383 Airbase Unit stationed in Goose Bay, Labrador, Newfoundland. George flew from Labador to Dow Field, Bangor, Maine, transporting wounded servicemen. He met and married Edith L. Hurlbut in 1946. George was discharged on March 1, 1947, at Westover, Massachusetts as a temporary Staff Sergeant. He worked as a paper roller with Great Northern Paper Company in Millinocket, Maine, until November 13, 1951, when he was recalled to active duty in the Maine Military District transferring to Ft. Devens, Massachusetts. He served in 8th Army in Korea with the 11th Evacuation Hospital. In 1954 he returned to Letterman Army Hospital, in 1955 he reported to Fort Devens with the 4th Field Hospital where he reenlisted as a Staff Sergeant. While stationed at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, he completed his GED for high school. He was stationed at Ft Sill, Oklahoma, Walter Reed Army Hospital, cancer ward and Presidential Ward also in Germany and another posting to Korea. In 1967 he was transferred to the 10th Evacuation Hospital as a Master Sergeant at Fort Mead, Maryland. George served with Army of Vietnam, 7th Medical Battalion in Vietnam from February 20, 1968, to February 20, 1969, and was awarded the Army Accommodation Medal. Returning to the states he joined the 10th Evacuation Hospital at Ft Meed, Maryland, where he was promoted to First Sergeant. George retired from the 44th Medical Brigade on February 3, 1973. On August 22, 1974, he married Erna E. Wade.

George's military decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal W/silver clasp-3 loops, American Campaign Medal, European-Africa-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Medal w/ oak leaf cluster, Korean Service Medal w/ four bronze stars, Armed Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/one bronze star, United Nations Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 60 device, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Army Meritorious Unit Citation, Korean Republic Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.

George is survived by his son, George (Linda) Carpenter and his daughter, Brenda (Harry) Vandenbos. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Serenity (Matthew) Graham, Chelsea (Casey) Colclough, and Diane (Jay) Mullaney, great grandchildren, Gracie Graham, Walker Graham, Piper Graham and Brynley Colclough, his step-children, Fred (Martha) Wade, Billy Wade and Patricia (Wyatt) Jennings and step-grandchildren, Christina Jennings and Christopher Wade.

Visitation will be held at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary LaGrange Chapel from 3:00-4:00pm Tuesday, March 15, 2016, with the Service to follow at 4:00pm with Reverend Greg Brown officiating. Committal Services will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636
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