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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Birth:
1920 2
Alabama 2
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Person:
Olen D Carlton 2
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 2
Marital Status: Married 2
Birth:
1920 2
Alabama 2
Residence:
Place: Lubbock County, Texas 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Service Start Date:
11 May 1942 1
Service End Date:
10 Oct 1945 1

World War II 2

Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Branch:
Army 2
Enlistment Date:
11 May 1942 2
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 2
Army Serial Number:
18075930 2
Enlistment Place:
Lubbock Texas 2
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 2
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 2
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Occupation:
Salespersons 2
Race or Ethnicity:
White 2
Source Information:
Box Number: 0275 2
Film Reel Number: 2.132 2

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Olen David Carlton was my father and he preferred going by his initials only: "O.D. Carlton".

Olen "O.D." David Carlton was born in Fackler, Alabama and moved with his family as a small child to west Texas and settled in Levelland, TX. He grew up there and graduated from Levelland High School where he played football for the Levelland Lobos - his nickname on the team was "Alamo" because he "always took a stand".

He married Doris Inez Moore in 1941 and had two children, Sharon, born in 1943 and Fred, born in 1944.

He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and served in New Guinea, the Phillipines and all over the South Pacific. He was injured when his B-24 Liberator bomber crashed which resulted in major back problems later in life.

After WWII he returned to Levelland and was the manager of Copeland Hardware on the square for many years. In 1959 he became an insurance salesman for United Fidelity Life and worked in that field for about 20 years. He moved to Lubbock in 1963 and opened Carlton Company Realtors specializing in farm and ranch sales. He continued in that business until his death in 1985.

His obituary from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
Services for O.D. Carlton, 64, of 3509 68th. Drive will be at 10:30a.m. today at the Franklin-Bartley Chapel with Dr. Paul W. Armes, pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Vernon Gee, associate minister of Trinity Baptist Church. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park under the direction of Franklin-Bartley Funeral Home. Carlton died at 6:15 p.m. Monday in St. Mary's Hospital after a lengthy illness. Carlton was born in Fackler, Ala.. He lived in Levelland for 39 years, then moved to Lubbock, where he was a real estate broker for Carlton Company Realtors for 20 years. He married Doris Inez Moore on Aug. 16, 1941, in Levelland. He served in the Air Force during World War II. He was past president of the Hub City Lions Club. He was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife; a son, Fred of Plano; a daughter, Sharon Hofacket of Lubbock; five sisters, Bessie Lewallen of Amarillo, Grace Greenwood of Wilson, Okla., Sammie Goode of Levelland, Georgia Jackson of Lubbock and Maudine Ferguson of Crossett, Ark.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Pallbeareres will be Frank Bartley, Al Brower, Jesse Hofacket, Gerald Yates, Dale McIIroy and J.D. Badley. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.

O.D. was my father. 

Awards and Medals Received in World War II

As a small child right after WWII when I was about five years old, my Dad took me to the Army surplus store and bought a helmet liner for about 25 cents and I remember him painting it white and using electrical tape to make a stripe around it and put "MP" on the front.  He would let me play Army and put his ribbons on my blue jean jacket and I terrorized the neighborhood a few months doing my Audie Murphy imitation.  Regretably, within about six months I lost my jacket along with all of his WWII ribbons.

In 2014 I contacted the National Personnel Records Center giving them his name and service number and they provided me a list of which awards and decorations he earned during the war along with a notarized Certificate of Military Service and a notarized copy of his Honorable Discharge.  Their records show he received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with eight Bronze Stars.  They indicate that a silver service star or silver oak leaf cluster was awarded in lieu of five bronze service stars or five bronze oak leaf clusters.  I also remember him having a Presidential Unit Citation Award which I lost but their records do not indicate one.

Their records indicate he participated in the following battles and campaigns: Bismarch Archipelago, China, New Guiena, Northern Solomons, Southern Philippines, Luzon Western Pacific Ryukyus Okinawa GO 33 WD 45 as part of the 503rd Bombardment Squadron, B-24 Bombers in the South Pacific.

He entered the Army Air Corps 11 May 1942 and was separated from the service 10 October 1945.  He was on active duty three years and eight months during WWII, of which one year five months and five days were considered foreign service (overseas).

His discharge shows he received mustering out pay of $50 cash and a check for $190.57 along with travel pay of $26.40.

 

 

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