Harry Franklin CarverStaff Sergeant
E CO, 15TH ENGINEERS, 9 INF DIV
Army of the United States
24 May 1942 - 10 April 1968
New Albany, Indiana
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The database page for Harry Franklin Carver
Harry is remembered by the men of the 15th Combat Engineer Battalion and the men of Echo company with whom he served. SSGT Carver is the only man Missing in Action from the 15th Engineers. He was lost while piloting a small boat or Boston Whaler. He was shot in an ambush and fell overboard and his body was not recovered.
From a fellow 15th Engineer,
From a childhood school friend
I am happy but sad too that I read your name on this memorial... When I first heard of you being in service you were already listed as missing. I am happy to read that you grew into an honorable person, you were always a good kid when we were young...
I am glad you were not alone when your time came to go and your military friends have remembered you with this memorial...
Your 4th Grade friend from West Spring Street School...
It can be sort of hard to explain how I met Mr. Carver, since he was declared MIA/BNR over 16 years before I was born.
In 2001, shortly after joining the US Army National Guard, I felt the urge to continue the support for those still missing. In my research I choose the name of Harry F. Carver for the bracelet that I would wear because we shared the same birthday, May 24.
I've worn his name nearly every day for 5 years now. In basic training when I felt that I had no more to give and could not keep training, I could feel him with me.
In March of 2003 I was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, which landing me in the heart of Baghdad, Iraq. On April 13, 2004 my squad was hit with an Improvised Explosive Device while traveling through town. There should have been much more devastation than we saw that day. Just looking at the damage to our trucks, there was no way that we should have all been OK. All of us walked away, only a couple of us with minor injuries. Even in the choas immediately after the attack I could feel Mr. Carver with me, keeping me safe and strong, guiding me in what to do next to keep my comrades safe.
I can't explain how or why I know it's him, I just do. And I owe him so much for staying with me and keeping me strong through so many rough moments. And for keeping my squad and me all safe that day. I also owe thanks to his family for the ultimate sacrifice they made so that Mr. Carver could be with me in Iraq and keep safe watch over me.
God Bless and thank you, Harry Carver, for all you have done for your country, your family, and for me. Please come home.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 6 Aug 2004
Last updated 10/14/2006