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The text that follows is reproduced from (the report of the) Sixty-seventh Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 11, 1936.

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 p311  Frank James Carson
No. 9767 Class of 1933
Died September 30, 1933, at Watertown, New York,
aged 23 years.

Lieutenant Frank J. Carson, Jr., son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank J. Carson was born May 23, 1910, at Paxtang, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He received his early education in the Public Schools where he was considered an excellent student. He had wanted to become a cadet since the day he visited West Point as a little fellow and saw the cadets marching. Thereafter this became the foremost thing in his mind, hoping that some day he would be able to become one of them. He prepared for West Point, after finishing High School, at the Harrisburg Preparatory Academy. His life long ambition was realized when he received an appointment to the Military Academy from Hon. I. H. Doutrich, Representative of the 19th Pennsylvania Congressional District. He entered the Academy with the Class of 1933, on July 1, 1929.

"Kit", as he was known by his classmates and friends, had received a good foundation in his early schooling and as a result had little difficulty with his studies. He was not enthusiastic about competitive sports,  p312 at least, not as an active participant. He enjoyed football and baseball as well as hockey. His hobby was ice skating and he spent most of his spare time over the week-ends at the skating rink. Many of us used to envy him as he skated, because he was a beautiful figure skater. I would venture to say one of the best, if not the best in the Academy at that time. His last year as a Cadet he became interested in fishing and became a very ardent fisherman. Social life, too, held an attraction for him, for we used to see him at Cullum Hall on Saturday nights "dragging keen" and staying until the last strains of Army Blue.

On September 13, 1933, after three months furlough, he reported for duty with the 7th Field Artillery which is stationed at Madison Barracks, N. Y. "Kit" was killed September 30th, when a front tire on the automobile in which he and several companions were riding blew out. The auto struck two telephone poles, snapped them off and continued thirty feet before it skidded to a stop, landing on its side. He had just started his Army career with the enthusiasm that is characteristic of one who enjoys his work, but Fate intervened to reap its harvest. "Kit's" remains were sent to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for burial and he was laid to rest in the East Harrisburg Cemetery on October 4, 1933.

Secretary, Association of Graduates.

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