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Tom Carlin
by June Allen


March 13, 2004

I was sad to read that Tom Carlin passed away. We all knew him from the annual Fourth of July parades when he marched with the town's other proud veterans. Tom was always dressed in his Marine Corps dress uniform for the occasion - and still able to fit into it!

What many people might not know is that Tom was a Midwest boy when Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. Like so many others of his generation at the time, he obtained parental permission to enlist and off he went. He was off to the South Pacific before he knew it in that fast-arriving year of 1942 and was soon in battle. At the end of the successful struggle for Guadalcanal, Tom was just 16 years old! He served all through that long war like the other young men of that era of patriots. He will always be one of the honorees in my unwritten list of Ketchikan heroes!

Goodbye, Tom.

June Allen
Palmer, AK - USA



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