SC sailor killed at Pearl now re­turned

The State - - Front Page - BY TEDDY KULMALA tkul­[email protected]­tate.com

Nearly 80 years af­ter a South Carolina sailor was killed in the at­tack on Pearl Har­bor, his re­mains have re­turned home and he will be laid to rest Fri­day.

Navy Fire­man 2nd Class Carl D. Dorr, 27, of An­der­son, was ac­counted for July 25, ac­cord­ing to the De­fense POW/MIA Ac­count­ing Agency. Dorr was among 429 crew­men aboard the USS Ok­la­homa who died when the ship took mul­ti­ple tor­pedo hits dur­ing the at­tack, caus­ing it to cap­size.

John Howard, 68, was at Greenville-Spar­tan­burg In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Wed­nes­day night when the Amer­i­can flag-draped cas­ket car­ry­ing his un­cle’s re­mains was un­loaded from the plane.

“It’s a home­com­ing that he never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore,” Howard told The State. “His other broth­ers and sis­ters — no one ex­pe­ri­enced a home­com­ing for Carl, even if it had been in a cas­ket.”

The S.C. High­way Pa­trol and more than 40 mo­tor­cy­cles with the Patriot Guard Riders es­corted Dorr’s re­mains to Thomas McAfee Fu­neral Home North­west Chapel, ac­cord­ing to man­ager John Kelly. Af­ter a view­ing and memo­rial ser­vice Fri­day morn­ing, Dorr will be buried

Mu­seum at Texas A&M Uni­ver­sity – next to Bar­bara Bush and their daugh­ter Robin, who died of leukemia in 1953 when she was 3 years old.

On Wed­nes­day, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump sat at the front of Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Cathe­dral with all four liv­ing for­mer pres­i­dents at Bush’s state fu­neral, joined by thou­sands of for­eign lead­ers, law­mak­ers, diplo­mats and other of­fi­cials. In Hous­ton, it was a much smaller trib­ute, in large part for the Bush fam­ily and their friends and sup­port­ers in Texas, at the church Ge­orge and Bar­bara Bush had at­tended for more than 50 years. Trump did not at­tend, nor did any other for­mer pres­i­dents ex­cept for Bush’s son, Ge­orge W. Bush.

Amid the pageantry and pray­ers, and the an­thems sung by St. Mar­tin’s choir, there was a dis­tinct coun­try twang to the cer­e­mony, an homage to the adopted state of the Con­necti­cut-raised for­mer pres­i­dent. The Oak Ridge Boys, a coun­try group that first sang for Bush in 1983 when he was vice pres­i­dent, sang “Amaz­ing Grace” a cap­pella. Reba McEn­tire sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Nu­mer­ous Texas fig­ures filled the pews. There were ac­tors (Chuck Nor­ris), base­ball Hall of Famers (Nolan Ryan) and busi­ness lead­ers (Til­man Fer­titta). There were cur­rent and re­tired foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and base­ball stars, in­clud­ing J.J. Watt of the Hous­ton Tex­ans, Jeff Bag­well of the Hous­ton As­tros and Dikembe Mu­tombo and Yao Ming of the Hous­ton Rock­ets.

Bush, a World War II avi­a­tor from the East Coast, came to Texas in the sum­mer of 1948 to make a name for him­self in the oil busi­ness, driv­ing to the West Texas town of Odessa in a red two-door Stude­baker. Sev­enty years af­ter that trip, Bush’s fu­neral train took him on one last jour­ney through the state, this time in a Union Pa­cific lo­co­mo­tive. The train, named Union Pa­cific 4141, trav­eled 70 miles through Mag­no­lia, Nava­sota and other small towns, led by a 4,300horse­power lo­co­mo­tive painted blue, gray and white to echo the col­ors of Air Force One. Mem­bers of the Bush fam­ily were on board.

Ar­ranged fora man who had been Amer­ica’s old­est liv­ing ex-pres­i­dent, Bush’s lo­co­mo­tive pro­ces­sion gave his long-planned memo­rial ser­vices a throw­back touch, evok­ing the pres­i­den­tial fu­neral trains for Abra­ham Lin­coln in 1865, Franklin Roo­sevelt in 1945 and Dwight Eisen­hower in 1969.

At a brisk pace, the train passed through the heart of down­town Nava­sota, pop­u­la­tion 7,607, and it was like the Fourth of July on a cold and driz­zly De­cem­ber af­ter­noon. Peo­ple stood by the tracks as the train’s horn blared, wav­ing, tak­ing pic­tures and hold­ing aloft Amer­i­can flags.

Shortly af­ter 3:30 p.m., the fu­neral train – the Union Pa­cific lo­co­mo­tive and sev­eral rail cars be­hind it – glided onto the Texas A&M cam­pus, where sev­eral hun­dred spec­ta­tors who had waited in the rain for hours cheered. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows in one of the rail cars al­lowed peo­ple on both sides to view the cof­fin in­side.

As the uni­ver­sity band played “Hail to the Chief” and the “Ag­gie War Hymn” – a spe­cial re­quest by Bush, a de­voted fan of all things Ag­gie, as A&M’s stu­dents and sports teams are known – the cof­fin was low­ered from the train by an honor guard of pall­bear­ers, car­ried past Bush fam­ily mem­bers and placed into a wait­ing hearse.

The Bush fam­ily and oth­ers then joined the mo­tor­cade that trav­eled slowly along Ge­orge Bush Drive, turned off on Bar­bara Bush Drive and fi­nally ar­rived at the pres­i­den­tial li­brary. From there, the cof­fin was car­ried to the fam­ily plot, where the for­mer pres­i­dent was laid to rest in a pri­vate burial.

De­fense POW/MIA Ac­count­ing Agency

Navy Fire­man 2nd Class Carl D. Dorr’s re­mains have been re­turned home, and he will be buried on Fri­day.

MICHAEL WYKE AP

Fire­fight­ers on an over­pass stand on their truck and salute as the train car­ry­ing the body of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush trav­els through Texas on Thurs­day.

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