Carson Allen Shrawder


Carson Allen Shrawder, 94, of Mill Road, Hummels Wharf, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at the Geisinger Medical Center where his family had been by his side for 11 days.
He was born April 26, 1925, in Hummels Wharf, a son of the late Foster S. Sr. and Maude E. (Loss) Shrawder. On June 7, 1947, he married the former Betty V. Arbogast who survives.

Carson was a 1943 of Selinsgrove High school and later attended the Williamsport Technical Institute.

He went to Harrisburg for a physical at the Armed Forces Induction Center where he was sworn into the Army on June 25, 1943. He returned home for two weeks, and was called to active service at New Cumberland Reception Center on July 7, 1943. After a few days at New Cumberland he received two shots and clothing and was assigned to Camp Croft, S.C. for 17 weeks of basic training. After basic training he was assigned to another camp for A.S.T.P. training and before he could start this training his orders were cancelled. On Dec. 1, 1943, he was given a seven day furlough and on Dec. 10 he was sent to Fort Meade, Md. At Fort Meade they left him come home for one weekend.
About the middle of December, Carson was sent to Camp Shanks, N.Y., to prepare for movement overseas. He sailed for the European Theater on Jan. 7, 1944, aboard the ocean liner, Ile de France, which was the second largest ship in the world at the time. There were about 15,000 American troops aboard and about 3,000 crew members. They took the northern route across the Atlantic Ocean and went to New Greenland Island. They passed icebergs that were higher than the ship, which the ship was seven floors high and about 300 feet long. After four days at sea, a German submarine started to chase the ship. The ship picked up speed and they didn't see it for the rest of the trip. He landed in Glasgow, Scotland on Jan. 12, 1944, and the next day they put him on a train for England. On the way to England, the train was boarded by the German Air Force.
Carson arrived at Camp Chard in the town of Chard, England around Jan. 14, 1944. Throughout his stay in England, he trained for the upcoming invasion of Europe. Most of it was physical training and weapon practice. He was there for about four months and while at Chard, he was sent to O.S.S. school. This teaches you how to work behind enemy lines. During the invasion, he was at a replacement depot, and then assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, 22nd Regiment, 3rd Battalion, M Company. The 4th Infantry landed on Utah Beach on June 6, 1944. The 4th Infantry Division was the first American troops in Paris, France on Aug. 25, 1944. After they left Paris, they got to the Belgian border in September of 1944 and on the way had liberated hundreds of towns like St. Hubert, LaRoche, Bastogne, and St. Uintah. Everywhere you looked homemade American and allied flags appeared on houses.
On Sept. 11, 1944, the 4th Infantry crossed the German border near Elmhurst, Germany. They moved to the Hurtgen Forest front in November 1944. The Hurtgen Forest was called the Death Factory. The terrain was difficult enough with steep hills and thick woods. But now the Germans had mines and booby traps all over the forest. During the battle of the Hurtgen Forest he was sent in an 81mm squad M Company. During a counterattack they fired eleven hundred rounds of 81mm mortar shells in a 30 minute period. "Hell in the Hurtgen" on page 267, has about Lt. David James' Mike Company heavy motor platoon firing this many rounds. They moved out of the Hurtgen Forest Dec. 4, 1944, and moved to Luxemburg City for rest. In this battle Carson had one frozen foot but remained in the fight. He would not go to the aid station because he knew they usually amputated when you had a frozen foot. When they pulled off the line in the Hurtgen Forest for what was supposed to be a time of rest and training, but the Germans interrupted these plans. On Dec. 16, the Germans made their counterattack, later known as the Battle of the Bulge. We held our position during the battle and later at the Bastogne, Belgium. This was the second time I was in Bastogne as he was there in September 1944. One officer said he would give $200 to anyone who could find a tree that was not hit by tree bursts (artillery fire). We would stack logs on top of our fox holes and this would give us some protection from the artillery that landed in the trees. If you were not in a fox hole when the artillery shells burst in the tree tops the shrapnel would come down on you like rain. After we moved out of the Hurtgen Forest they moved to the relative safety of Luxemburg for rest, refitting and bringing replacements in to the 22nd Regiment. The plan was great, but the Germans had a different idea. After two weeks of rest in Luxemburg, the worst German battle of World War II began, the Battle of the Bulge. Immediately the 22nd Regiment of the 4th Infantry was thrust back into combat with responsibility to hold the southern edge of the bulge. The Battle of the Bulge began Dec. 16, 1944.
Read the book that Carson has on war stories about the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge.
On about Dec. 3, 1944, the were moved to the other side the defensive to the east of Luxemburg City. They were on the southern shoulder of the German bulge. In February, they crossed the Prune River and Carson was wounded on March 3, 1945.
His unit was also involved in the liberation of the Dauchau Concentration Camp.

Carson retired as post master from the U.S. Postal Service in Hummels Wharf in 1985. From 1947 until his retirement in 2006, he was a partner in S.R.S. Electric.

In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking and was an avid Selinsgrove Seals football fan and a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies.

He was a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 656, life member of the disabled American Veterans Chapter 24, life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6631, and a member of the American Legion Post 25.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 72 years are five children and their spouses, Dane and Kay Shrawder of Unityville, Barbara Shrawder of Hummels Wharf, Kathy and Richard Young of Hummels Wharf, Chris and Stacey Shrawder of Selinsgrove, and Nancy and Brian Mensch of Hummels Wharf; eight grandchildren, Terri Bentley, Tracey Gray, Stephanie Farver, Steven Shrawder, Matthew Young, Nathan Young, Amanda Bruce, and Ryan Mensch; 15 great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; one brother, Foster S. Shrawder Jr. of Green Valley, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Vernetta Fogleman.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove, where the funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, with Pastor Ken Brown of the Richfield United Methodist Church officiating.

Burial with military honors accorded by the Purple Heart Chapter 656 of Lewisburg, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 24, American Legion Post 25 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6631 will be in Orchard Hills Cemetery, Shamokin Dam.

Contributions to honor Carson's memory may be made to Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 656, in care of Barry Mabus, 1008 N. Front St., Milton, PA 17847.
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7 posts

Lisha Feaster
Aug 27, 2019
What an extraordinary man! He significantly graced this earth. More than many in regard to his military achievements. True sacrifice. No doubt, his greatest achievement was raising his family with Betty by his side. R.I.P.
Tina DeFacis
Aug 25, 2019
My heart is heavy upon hearing the news of his passing. He was a fair and decent man with a kind heart and he knew how to be firm handed when needed. He instilled that into all of his children. I will forever hold him in the highest of regard. My sympathies and sincere condolences go out to his entire family. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Sending prayers of comfort.
Helen Vought
Aug 24, 2019
May the light of everlasting love shine upon him and may he reach the home of never-ending light. My thoughts and prayers to his wonderful family.
Leisa Byler
Aug 24, 2019
Sending our heartfelt sympathies, thoughts and prayers to all of you. Carson was a true Hero not just for our country but for your family.
Gwen Coffey Beauchamp
Aug 23, 2019
Sympathy to the Carson Shrawder family with fond memories of kind summers.
Carol kranau
Aug 23, 2019
Sorry for the loss of a great hero!
Bruce Hummel
Aug 23, 2019