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Stater Bros. Markets Honor “Hometown Hero” Naming June 16th Vice Admiral Kenneth M. Carr Day

By Sara Nydam

San Bernardino, California – Mayor R. Carey Davis and the Common Council will name June 16th Vice Admiral Kenneth M. Carr Day, honoring San Bernardino’s legendary “Hometown Hero”, Vice Admiral Kenneth M. Carr. 

Vice Admiral Carr and wife of 63 years, Molly, will be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery on June 16th, 2016 by order of the President of the United States.

Growing up, Vice Admiral Carr, lived on West 4th Street near the corner of “F” Street in San Bernardino, attending Lincoln Elementary School, Sturges Junior High School, San Bernardino High School as well as San Bernardino Valley College. As an adult, he visited his mother and family each year and kept in contact with the San Bernardino community.

When he was old enough, Vice Admiral Carr enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He quickly became a Landing Craft Driver and landed under enemy fire in WWII in Guam, Okinawa and the Mariana Islands, evacuating the wounded. He became the highest ranking Military Officer from the Inland Empire and the Navy’s Senior Submarine Officer.

After fighting in WWII, he delved into World History as the Gunnery Officer aboard the World’s First Nuclear Submarine (SS 571) Nautilus. Vice Admiral Carr then became the Engineering Officer aboard the Nautilus (SS 571), the first ever under the Ice Cap at the North Pole, setting World History.

His Naval Service memorabilia, collected over 42 years, will be donated to local schools, libraries and Naval Museums under the direction of his long time friend, Jack H. Brown.

“We love you and we will never forget you. Your proud ‘Hometown’ of San Bernardino and a grateful nation salutes you…‘Our Very Own Hometown Hero,’ said Jack H. Brown, Executive Chairman of Stater Bros. Markets. “Sailor, rest your oar,” Brown finished.

Stater Bros. was founded in Yucaipa, California, in the year 1936 and has grown to become the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California, as well as the largest private employer in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. The company currently operates 168 supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 team members.

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