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    Veteran Spotlight: Virgil Carter, Hill Air Force Base, Utah - 7 of 9

    Veteran Spotlight: Virgil Carter, Hill Air Force Base, Utah

    Photo By David Perry | Veteran Spotlight: Virgil Carter is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the Korean...... read more read more



    Story by Todd Cromar and David Perry

    75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Today’s spotlight is U.S. Navy veteran Virgil Carter.

    Carter grew up in Garland, Utah, and enlisted in the Navy in 1950, two weeks after the start of the Korean War. He served for five years before separating with an honorable discharge in 1955.

    While in the Navy, Carter was first stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Boxer-CVA 21. Attached to Task Force 77, 7th Fleet, he worked on the flight deck as a member of the crash fire crew.

    Carter has several memorable moments will serving, including an amazing run from California to Japan.

    “When the Korean War broke out, the Air Force was in the immediate need of aircraft in theater,” Carter recalled. “So they loaded up the USS Boxer’s flight deck and hanger decks, completely full of Air Force P-51s. The ship then made a record run from Alameda, California, to Japan, in just seven days. I believe at the time, this cruise set a record. The normal cruise would stop in Hawaii, for fuel and to resupply, but we bypassed the islands and went straight through.”

    The USS Boxer was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

    His second assignment was at Naval Air Station Barbers Point on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where he became an aircraft mechanic.

    Carter now resides in Bountiful, Utah, and has enjoyed golf and retirement, as well as volunteering at the Hill Aerospace Museum.

    Thank you for your service, Virgil Carter!



    Date Taken: 11.08.2018
    Date Posted: 12.06.2018 15:02
    Story ID: 300137
    Location: HILL AIR FORCE BASE, UT, US 

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