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