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Carl Stevens Obituary
Oct 27, 1925 - March 26, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Carl was born in Stilwell, OK, the seventh of eight children of Alfred E. Stevens and Minnie Hatfield Stevens. He attended public school until the age of 17, and with his parents' consent, joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS War Hawk as a coxswain on landing crafts for seven invasions of the Philippines and Guam in the Pacific Theater of WWII, earning his first Purple Heart. At war's end, he returned home to finish high school and attended Northwestern State College on a football scholarship. A superior athlete in all sports, including boxing of which he was a Golden Gloves Champion, winning his final match with his left hand as his right hand was broken. Upon graduation from college in 1950, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. He completed Army Airborne Ranger Training and fought in the Korean War with the 45th Division 279th Infantry 10th Co. Airborne Rangers. As a platoon leader of an elite special unit trained for night fighting named The Stevens Raiders, he earned numerous medals, including a second Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star for bravery under fire. Upon his return from Korea, he married the love of his life, Catherine Sue Buckner of Stilwell, OK and had two sons, Carl Jr. and James. He was commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army, and in 1989, was designated as an Honorary Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was awarded 17 military awards and decorations. After Korea, he was an Oklahoma State Highway patrolman for seven years before beginning his storied civil service career as an undercover Federal Agent of the U.S. Treasury Dept. In 1982, after a distinguished 25-year career as a Federal Special Agent, he retired from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), U.S. Dept of Justice in Okla. City, receiving 19 letters of commendations and seven citations for bravery. In 1984, he was appointed as a U.S. Deputy Marshall, serving until his retirement in 1996. Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Sue; and is survived by their two sons and their families: Carl & Debbie Stevens of The Woodlands, TX; and James & Cindy Stevens of Okla. City; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was a charter member of North MacArthur Church of Christ. A Military Graveside Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery, with a Memorial Service to celebrate his life at 11 a.m. at North MacArthur Church of Christ.

Published in The Oklahoman on Mar. 27, 2012
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