Lt.Colonel James Hamon "Pat" Carothers (1926 - 2018)

  • "I met the colonel when he was my battalion commanding..."
    - Gene Furrow
  • - Gerald J.. Dorsher
  • "Thank you for your service to our country, Rest in Peace"
  • "I am honored to have known Pat Carothers,I will never..."
    - Margo Cole
  • "Pat's sister, Chatter Bishoff, was a very close friend of..."
    - Julie North

One of the last Great Generation U.S. Marines passed away.

Lieutenant-Colonel James "Pat" Carothers. 91, died peacefully in Juneau, Alaska, on April 16, 2018. A Veteran of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam (2 tours), and other skirmishes; He was the most decorated US Marine up until the day he retired from the United States Marine Corps. He was awarded 5 Purple Hearts over a 36-year Career and was discharged honorably.

Pat Carothers joined the military at the age of 17, and served his country during a period of our history when the need was great. He loved the U.S. Marine Corps., it was his life during and after his retirement. He was active in the VFW, supported USMC Force Recon members, and honoring Military Veterans who gave their lives and all.

He was a good Marine.

Lieutenant-Colonel Pat Carothers would want to be remembered for love of Country, Semper Fidelis to the U.S. Marines Corps, and his love for his wife, Elsie.

He is survived by his wife Elsie Carothers in Juneau; and his sons Colonel Jim Carothers (USMC) in Louisiana, Superintendent Dan Carothers in Juneau, Paul Carothers in Virginia, Brian Carothers in Juneau, and Patrick Carothers, Deputy U.S. Marshal (Deceased).

Lt. Colonel Carothers requested no ceremony, and his ashes will be spread on the ocean at a specific location. A marker will be located at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sitka, Alaska.

Any donations should be sent to a VFW or .
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 4 to June 2, 2018
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