ALDRIDGE, Carl M. Sr. 93, peacefully met his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 7, 2013, at his Tampa home. Born in Englewood, TN, on Dec. 1, 12919, he later served in the U.S. Army during WWII
and was awarded the Bronze Star
and Purple Heart
for his valor and injuries suffered during the Battle of the Bulge and other military operations in Belgium and Germany. He retired from the American Can Company in Tampa in after 35 years of employment, working his way up to mechanical supervisor and company representative in Argentina. During retirement, he continued exercising his technical skills in mechanical craftmanship, often creating machine and motor parts that were no longer available on the market, at his home workshop. He is survived by his wife of nearly 73 years, Emelia "Millie" Tramontana Aldridge; his sons, Paul, Carl Jr., and Frederick; daughter, Mary Toledo (Bobby); 9 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. He was dearly loved and is sorely missed by all of his family members and friends. He was truly a member of the Greatest Generation and a humble American hero. Special gratitue is extended to his care-givers, Hortensia & Ildamis, hospital and home healthcare providers of the James A. Haley VA Medical Center and Hospice Indigo Team. Friends will be received Sunday, May 12th, 6-8 pm, at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4207 East Lake Ave, Tampa (813)626-3161, where funeral services will be held Monday, May 13th, 10 am. Burial with military honors to follow at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park.