WICHITA FALLS, TX - Newschannel 6 is honoring those who have served or are serving our country, who are from our own back yard.
This week, we're saluting retired Army Colonel Milton B. Carr. Carr was raised in Archer County and graduated from Megargel High School in 1956.
He went on to attend Midwestern State University and was commissioned through the Army ROTC program as a Second Lieutenant and ordered to active duty in the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood, TX after graduating in 1960.
"We lived in Virginia. Both of my parents actually worked in the Pentagon for a while. They did two tours in Germany," Kathy Carr, retired Colonel Carr's daughter said.
Despite moving all around the country, Kathy said her father was very present in her and her siblings lives.
"He was gone doing his thing, but he was always there for holidays and birthdays, whenever we needed him," Kathy said.
Carr was part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.
He participated in the only combat parachute jump during that conflict.
Carr was later wounded on an operation in War Zone "C."
"He said it was a day before he was supposed to come home.
He got some shrapnel from a mortar and ended up in the hospital for, I think he said, two months," Kathy said.
His injuries were not life threatening, and after a few months in the hospital, he returned home. He and five other men were given the Purple Heart for their sacrifices and bravery on that day.
Several years later, Kathy said her father has made his focus helping his fellow veterans.
"He was really driven to provide information for veterans, not only Purple Heart veterans, but other veterans in the area; so that they knew they'd have benefits out there and to help them with the proper paperwork and go through the proper channels to get their benefits and things that they needed," Kathy said.
Carr is able to do this as the Adjutant of the Texas Capital Chapter 1919 for the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Kathy said his writings have been instrumental in getting his fellow comrades in arms the benefits they deserve for serving our country.
Retired Army Colonel Milton. B. Carr, Newschannel 6 salutes you.
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