CPT James Thompson Carson was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 04/22/2013 at the age of 80.2 from Parkinson's Disease
San Diego, CA
Date of Birth 02/26/1933
Served in the U.S. Navy
Served in Vietnam with HA(L)-3 DET 1 in 69-70
Call sign in Vietnam SEAWOLF
This information was provided by Dan Arnes

More detail on this person: Captain Jim Carson passed away on Monday, 22 April, unexpectedly, but after a long battle with Parkinson's. He was doing great, very happy and more energetic, so his death has caught us all really off guard. I want to take this opportunity to pass on his final arrangements. His viewing will be on 30 April 2013 from 4 pm to 8 pm at El Camino Memorial-Sorrento Valley Chapel. His memorial service will be on 1 May 2013 at 2 pm with his burial shortly thereafter at the same location. We will have a celebration of his life at our home following the ceremony.

He served in HA(L)-3, (CDR) Det 1 OinC, 12/7/1969 to 12/1/1970

Obituary: CAPT James Thompson Carson, USN, Ret. February 26, 1933 - April 22, 2013 San Diego, California Captain James T. Carson of San Diego, CA passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013 in Encinitas, CA. Captain Carson was born in Havertown, Pennsylvania on February 26, 1933. He attended the University of Miami, in Miami Florida where he received a bachelors degree in Business Administration. After graduation, Captain Carson entered the Naval flight program in August, 1955. He received his commission as an Ensign in December, 1955 and received his designation as a Naval Aviator in April, 1957.

Captain Carson "Jim" loved and excelled in all sports but basketball was his passion. He played in high school at Havorford High and then went on to play on an athletic scholarship for the University of Miami. During flight training, he played for the Navy Goshawks and then went on to play in the All Navy Championship, winning two years in a row.

Captain Carson was married to the love of his life, Virginia Harrelson Carson (Ginny) on July 5, 1957. Together they enjoyed water skiing, fishing, golf, tennis and traveling. They had three children; Kimberlie, Cheri and Andrea.

Captain Carson served in the Navy for 31 years. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a helicopter pilot in Helicopter Attack (Light) Squadron THREE (HAL-3) and was awarded twenty-two Air Medals (two for single action) and numerous other awards and citations.

Upon retiring from the Navy in 1986, he opened Carson Insurance Services, working in the health insurance field. He was an active member of the Business Boosters of East County for twenty years and served as President one of those years. Captain Carson will be remembered by his loving wife and their children: Cheri and Andrea. He is also survived by his sister, Margaret (Maggie) Foreman; cousin, Richard Carson; sister-in-law, Ruth Carson; brother and sister-in-law, Oscar and Nan Barrow, and six grandchildren: Alyssa, Samantha, Jennifer, Gennifer, Michael, and Matthew. Predeceased in death by his daughter, Kimberlie Carson; brothers, William Carson and Jack Carson; and his parents, William and Sarah Carson. The Carson family appreciates all the love and care he received over the past year from his wonderful caregivers at Silverado.

From: Dan Arnes

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