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Carlson, Evans Fordyce (26 February 1896–27 May 1947), army and Marine Corps officer and writer, was born in Sidney, New York, the son of Thomas Alpine Carlson, a Congregationalist minister, and Joetta Viola Evans. He grew up in New England and left home at fourteen to work on a farm near Vergennes, Vermont, where he attended but did not graduate from the local high school. After working as an assistant freight master in New Haven, Connecticut, and as a chainman in New Jersey, he joined the army in 1912, at age sixteen, with the reluctant permission of his parents. Stationed in the Philippines and in Hawaii, he was discharged with the rank of master sergeant in 1915....

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Carter, Samuel Powhatan (06 August 1819–26 May 1891), naval and army officer, was born in Elizabethton, Carter County, Tennessee, the son of Alfred Moore Carter, an iron manufacturer, and Evalina Belmont Perry or Parry. Carter’s middle name is given as Powhatan on his gravestone, but Carter family descendants insist he bore his mother’s maiden name, Powhatan being a nickname acquired during the Civil War. As a middle initial only appears in his signature and on all extant documents, the question cannot be resolved, but the nickname story is plausible....

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Nelson, William (27 September 1824–29 September 1862), naval and army officer, was born near Maysville, Kentucky, the son of Thomas W. Nelson, a physician, and Frances Doniphan. He attended Norwich Academy in Vermont from 1837 to 1839 and was appointed midshipman in the U.S. Navy on 28 January 1840. He served with the fleet that supported General ...