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Carl M. Harms

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Carl M. Harms, of Alamogordo, went to his everlasting rest on Sunday the 22nd day of February 2009. His savior, Jesus Christ, carried him to his eternal home on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009.
Carl was born on March 3, 1931, to Geraldine and Carl F. Harms in Dubuque, Iowa. After graduating from Dubuque High School in 1949 he attended the Naval Academy, graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree and obtained a master's degree in operations management from the University of Southern California in 1966. He accepted a commission in the Air Force and completed 22 years of service in 1975.
Carl arrived in Alamogordo in 1969 as a member of the 49th Tactical Fighter Wing. During his Air Force career, he flew as a radar intercept officer in F-89s, F-101s, B-57s, F-4s and several other aircraft types, and was stationed in 11 different bases in the U.S. and Alaska, Germany, the Philippine Islands, Vietnam and Thailand. While flying over 300 combat sorties in Southeast Asia, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clusters. His other awards include the Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Air Service Medal (honor class) from the Republic of Vietnam. After retirement from the Air Force in 1975, Carl was the housing officer at Holloman Air Force Base and held various other positions until he finally retired from the position of Otero County chief deputy assessor in 2001.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by Norma, his wife of 53 years, of the family home. Also surviving him are two sons, Richard, of Westminster, Md., and Phillip; two daughters, Julie Martinez and her husband, Daniel, and Paula Harms-Van Duyn and her husband, Steve, a grandson, Daniel Martinez, a granddaughter, Elena Martinez, and a sister, Mrs. Janann McQuail, all of Alamogordo; one great-grandson; two brothers-in law, Elmer Carlsen and his wife, Dottie, of Cedar Park, Texas, and Robert Casey, of Cleburne, Texas; a sister-in law, Mrs. Ellen Dahleen, of Marble Falls, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Carl was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church and the Republican Party, and life member of the National Rifle Association, Disabled Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His remains have been cremated. A memorial service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2009. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Alamogordo, Our Savior Lutheran Church or Christian Children's Fund.
The Harms family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation has taken place locally at PCS.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 24 to Mar. 11, 2009
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