Captain Carson was born in Danville, Virginia, on
January 5, 1893, son of Mr. E.V. Carson and Mrs. (Annie Hall) Carson. He
received his preparatory education at Miller Manual Labor School,
Charlottesville, Virginia, and Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Virginia; and
received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Virginia.
Appointed Assistant Surgeon with corresponding rank of Lieutenant (jg) in the
Medical Corps of the US Naval Reserve on August 25, 1915, he later
transferred to the US Naval and subsequently attained the rank of Captain with
appointment as Medical Director on August 1, 1939, and was transferred to the
Retired List of the Navy in the rank (for physical disability) on July 1, 1943.
Following his appointment as Assistant Surgeon I the
Medical Corps, USNR, Captain Carson reported for active duty on September 29,
1915. He had instruction at the Naval Medical School, Washington, DC, and in
the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, until April 1916, when he
reported for two months duty at the Naval Recruiting Station, Brooklyn, New
York. From June to September 1916 he served with the Marine Corps Expeditionary
Forces at Santo Domingo, Virgin Islands, and thereafter had duty aboard USS
Castine until December 1917, during the first half of World War I.
Captain Carson was transferred in December 1917 to
USS Nahma, operating with the Atlantic Fleet, and in April 1918 was assigned to
the Staff of Commander, US Naval Forces, France (USS Panther) to serve
throughout the remaining months of the war and until March 1919. He then joined
USS Patricia in which he had duty until ordered in August of that year to
the Naval Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia.
In March 1920, Captain Carson was again ordered to sea
duty, serving aboard USS Barker until November 1921 when he reported for
duty as Medical Officer of USS New Orleans on Asiatic Station. A year later
he returned to the United States for duty as Medical Officer in Command of the
Navy Recruiting Station, Richmond, Virginia and later Commanding Officer of the
US Marine Recruiting Station there until January 1926. Two months temporary
duty at the Hospital, San Diego, California, preceded sea duty from April 1926
to March 1928 in USS Medusa, operating with Training Squadron 2, Fleet Base
Following postgraduate work at John Hopkins University
(Brady Institution) from Marc to September 1928, Captain Carson had duty at the
Naval Hospital, New York, New York, until January 1932. He served in USS
Texas, while that battleship operated from February 1932 until October 1933,
and thereafter served successively in the Naval Hospitals at Mare Island,
California, and Brooklyn, New York, until November 1936. Temporary duty in the
Twelfth Naval District preceded service with the Fourth Marines in Shanghai,
China, from February 1937 until January 1939.
Upon his return to the United States, Captain Carson
reported in March 1939 to the Naval Hospita, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for
duty. In September 1940 he was again transferred to the Naval Hospital at
Brooklyn, New York, and after a years duty there returned to the West Coast
where he served from August to December 1941 at the Naval Dispensary, Secton
Base, Treasure Island, San Francisco, California. After the Japanese attack on
Pearl Harbor, December 1, 1941, he had several month’s duty as the Naval
Hospital, Mare Island, and from April 1942 until May 1943 was hospitalized
there and at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, California. He was retired for
physical disability on July 1, 1943.
Captain Carson has the Victory Medal (World War I);
the Mexican Service Medal; the Haitian Campaign Medal; the American Defense
Service Medal; the American Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal.
He is a member of the Military Surgeons; the American
College of Surgeons; and the American Medical Association.
He died 9 February 1955.