U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 855-10
September 20, 2010
DOD Identifies Army Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom
Major Paul D. Carron, 33, of Missouri died September 18, 2010, at Qalat, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.
FORT BRAGG — Major Paul D. Carron, 33, of Vilseck, Germany, died Saturday, September 18, 2010 while on active duty in Qalat, Afghanistan.
Major Carron was serving with the 2nd Stryker Regiment as the Squadron Executive Officer and had been deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom since June 2010. Major Carron had a long attachment to North Carolina, both growing up in Fort Bragg and the surrounding community.
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1999. Paul served the Army with distinction in a number of capacities in his eleven years of service. He deployed five times in support of both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. In 2007, Paul was named a McArthur Leadership Award winner. In August 2008, Paul was selected to serve as the Aide de Camp for the Commanding General, United States Army Europe.
Major Carron is remembered as a Christian, loving father, husband, son and brother. He was an avid outdoor sportsman, devoted friend, and dedicated officer and soldier who devoted his life to his family, the United States Army, and to the interests of the United States of America.
He is survived by his wife Susan Abernethy Carron, daughter, Madeline, and unborn son, Luke Douglas; his parents Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Douglas and Myong Carron of Fayetteville; sister and brother-in-law Michelle and Josh Taylor of Bear, Delaware. Paul's memory will also be cherished by Susan's family, Dan and Brenda Abernethy, Michael and Sarah Abernethy, and niece Riley, all of Charlotte.
A memorial service was held Friday, September 24, 2010 in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Chapel at Fort Bragg. Interment with military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
An educational trust fund is being created for Madeline and Luke through USAA, sponsored by members of West Point Class of 1999. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Warrior Foundation.
Madeline Carron, being carried second from right, and other family members walk to the graveside during burial a service for Army Major Paul D. Carron, Madeline's father, at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A casket team carries the flag-draped casket of Army Major Paul D. Carron to his gravesite during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A family member stands at right holding the newborn Luke Carron in a baby carrier, during a burial service for his father Army Major Paul D. Carron, Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at Arlington National Cemetery
A family member at right holds newborn Luke Carron in a baby carrier as Luke's sister Madeline Carron, second from right, looks on, during a burial service for their father, Army Major Paul D. Carron, at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Susan Carron, second from left, receives a flag from General Carter Ham, left, during a burial service for her husband, Army Major Paul D. Carron, at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, October 20, 2010. A family member at right holds newborn Luke Carron in a baby carrier
A family member at right holding newborn Luke Carron in a baby carrier during a burial service for his father Army Major Paul D. Carron is presented with a flag by General Carter Ham, left, at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, October 20, 2010.
CARRON, PAUL DOUGLAS
- MAJ US ARMY
- DATE OF BIRTH: 09/15/1977
- DATE OF DEATH: 09/18/2010
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 9475
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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