Justin B. Carter—April 2005 Shipment Honoree
Army Spc. Justin B. Carter, 21, of Mansfield, Mo., died February 16, 2005 in Forward Operating Base McKenzie, Iraq, from non-combat related injuries. Carter was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Benning, GASource: FRG News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Specialist Justin B. Carter was born on 26 October 1982 in Witchia, Kansas. He entered active Federal Service in October 2002 where he attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training in Fort Leanordwood, Missouri. Following AIT, SPC Carter was assigned to A Co, 2nd Engineers, Camp Castle, Korea where he served as a Unit Armorer until February 2004. SPC Carter returned to the United States and was assigned to Fort Benning March 2004. At the time of his death, SPC Carter had served 11 months in Echo Company as a Combat Engineer and as the Unit Armorer at Fort Benning, Georgia.
SPC Carter’s awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
SPC Carter’s survivors include, his mother and her husband, Becky and Brett Misemer and his father William Carter.
Justin Carter had a truck that locals had nicknamed the “Red Blur.” “Everybody in town knew Justin and his truck,” said Carter’s stepfather and deer-hunting buddy, Brett Misemer. Carter was in a rush to live life, but he always kept track of details about friends and made time to speak to each person at family gatherings. He once invited a handful of friends from his barracks to his home for the Thanksgiving holidays. On Valentine’s Day, he remembered to e-mail his mother, Becky, and send his love. “I thank God every day for giving me the chance to be raised by the best mother on earth!” he wrote just days before his death. Before he graduated from high school in Mansfield and enlisted in the Army, Carter was involved with the Future Farmers of America. His cousin, Rebecca Denney, remembered the adventures they had during high school, such as the prom they never quite made it to. He was the life of the party wherever he went, she said.
The members of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project were honored to remember Justin during the month of April 2005 with our shipments to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and U.S. military hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Justin’s family and friends today and in the years to come.