Carl was from South Carolina, and was the oldest of three children in his
family. He had one brother, Glenn and one sister, Mary Claire.
He was a "plank owner" on the USS Enright, meaning that he was among the
original ship's crew when the USS Enright was commissioned on Sep 21, 1944.
Carl served on the USS Enright as a
Ship Fitter. Carl's brother Glenn was also on a US Navy ship during this time,
After nearly seven months of service on the USS Enright, on April 16,
1944 Carl was killed on duty (in the North Atlantic) resulting from the
Collision with Portuguese
freighter 'S. Thome'.
Carl's family never knew what happened to Carl except that he was "lost
Carl's niece (Cecile Pabon, the author of this biography) comments:
"It is incredible to find out that there was this story. I just wish my Dad
(Carl's brother Glenn) could have known this himself."
Memorial to Missing USA sailors, in Battery Park, Manhattan NY
Facing the Statue of Liberty across New York harbor at the southern end
of Battery Park, is located the American
Battle Monuments Commission site called the
East Coast Memorial. This
memorial honors the 4,601 missing American servicemen who lost their lives
in the Atlantic Ocean while engaged in combat during World War II.
The monument consists of a large, paved plaza punctuated by eight massive
19-foot tall gray granite pylons onto which are inscribed the names, rank,
organization and state of each of the deceased.
The individual engraving honoring Carl Mims' service and sacrifice is shown below.
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