Carlos Augustino Hedstrom Jr.

Carlos Augustino Hedstrom Jr., a retired U.S. Army colonel and son of the late Carlos A. Hedstrom and Hazel Kirke Nelson, died in Dallas on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the age of 91. Memorial service: Will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in Schneider Chapel at Juliette Fowler Communities, 1240 Abrams Road, Dallas. A graveside service with military honors will be held at a later date in Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. Memorials: If desired, memorials may be given to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas. A native of Dallas, he attended Dallas public schools and was an honor graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in June 1940. From November 1940 to July 1982, he was employed, concurrently with his military service, in the comptroller's function for Magnolia Petroleum Co. and, later, Mobil Oil Corp. On Aug. 14, 1941, he enlisted in the Texas State Guard where he served until Aug. 30, 1942. The next day he enlisted as a private in the United States Army and on June 24, 1943, was commissioned a second lieutenant from the United States Army Field Artillery Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Okla. From June 1944 until May 1945, he was a reconnaissance officer and air observer in L-4 aircraft directing artillery fire in active combat in the European Theater of Operations. After V-E Day, Lt. Hedstrom served in the Army of Occupation as a military governor in liberated Czechoslovakia and then commanded the graves registration unit, which accounted for and recovered all remains of American servicemen lost in Germany during the war. He returned to Dallas in December 1946 and served continuously in the U.S. Army Active Ready Reserve, where he rose to the rank of colonel. He entered the Retired Reserve on July 28, 1974, with over 31 years of service. His military awards included the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Occupation Medal (Germany), the European Theater Medal and the Army Reserve Medal. He was a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College and numerous other Armed Forces schools and courses. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.B.A. degree with honors in December 1971 and was elected to Alpha Sigma Lambda and Beta Gamma Sigma national honorary scholarship societies. He was a 50-year member of East Dallas Lodge No. 1200 A.F. and A.M., a Scottish Rite Mason, a Knight Templar and a Shriner. He was a longtime member of the Military Order of the World Wars, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Sons of the American Revolution, General Society of the War of 1812, Order of Indian Wars, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Military Order of the Stars and Bars. Survivors: His cousin, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Frederick R. Willis Jr. of Lakewood, Wash.

Published in Star-Telegram from July 25 to July 27, 2014