Carson Abel Roberts
|Carson Abel Roberts|
September 4, 1905|
|Died||December 19, 1983
Pinehurst, North Carolina
|Buried at||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1929-1964|
1st Marine Aircraft Wing
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
|Awards||Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Roberts was born on September 4, 1905 in Lancaster, Wisconsin. He would graduate from high school in Madison, Wisconsin and obtain a B.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Roberts would marry Evelyn Gresham, who died in 1977. He died on December 19, 1983 in Pinehurst, North Carolina and is buried with Evelyn at Arlington National Cemetery.
Roberts joined the Marines in 1929. In 1934 he was designated an aviator. During World War II he would serve with Marine Aircraft Group 11 and the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing. Following the war he was named Assistant Chief of Staff of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Later he would command the Marine Corps Air Station Eagle Mountain Lake.
During the Korean War he would serve as Deputy Chief of Staff of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, later becoming Chief of Staff. Also, he would command Marine Aircraft Group 33. From 1952 to 1953 he served as Chief of Staff of Aircraft of the Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic. Later he was named Assistant Commander of Marine Corps Air Station Quantico. He would serve as Inspector General of the Marine Corps and as Director of Armed Forces Information and Education with the United States Department of Defense.
In 1957 he became Deputy Chief of Staff of Plans at the Headquarters of the Marine Corps. From there he became Commanding General of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Later he became Commanding General of Aircraft of the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific before being named commander of the entire Fleet Marine Force, Pacific in 1962. His retirement was effective as of March 1, 1964.
Awards and decorations
Awards he received include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with valor device, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with award star and valor device, the Presidential Unit Citation, the American Defense Service Medal with base clasp, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three award stars, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with four award stars, the United Nations Korea Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.
|Naval Aviator Badge|
|Navy Distinguished Service Medal||Legion of Merit with "V" Device|
|Distinguished Flying Cross||Bronze Star with "V" device and award star||Presidential Unit Citation||American Defense Service Medal with Base Clasp|
|American Campaign Medal||Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze stars||World War II Victory Medal||China Service Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal||Korean Service Medal with four bronze stars||United Nations Korea Medal||Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation|