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Martin D. Carmody VIRGINIA BEACH - Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Martin Doan "Red" Carmody died March 7, 2008, in Virginia Beach, at the age of 90. He was born in Indiana Harbor, Ind., Oct. 27, 1917, and was the son of Martin Hugh and Philinda Salina (Doan) Carmody. He graduated from San Jose State College, San Jose, Calif., in 1940 having played football in their 1939 National Championship; he is also memorialized in the San Jose State Football Hall of Fame. He entered the Navy's V-5 cadet pilot training program in 1941 at Corpus Christi, Texas and was designated a naval aviator and commissioned as an ensign in 1942. He flew heroically during World War II and Korea before becoming instrumental in making naval aviation the formidable and effective force it is today. In his many combat assignments, he flew missions in World War II Pacific Theater, Korea and Vietnam. He commanded the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) in Vietnam and was commander of Carrier Division ONE. In July 1975, he reported to Washington, D.C., and became the naval inspector general. Rear Adm. Carmody retired in August 1977 after 36 years of service. Since retirement, he was very active with his consulting firm MDC Associates. Rear Adm. Carmody led more than 129 missions in World War II and in Korea. His awards include two Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit with three Gold Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Gold Stars, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V," the Air Medal with eight Gold Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with three stars, and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. He also wore the American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two Silver Stars (10 operations), World War II Victory Medal, China Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam), the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Badge and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device. He was a member of the Early and Pioneer Naval Aviators Association "Golden Eagles" and a holder of the coveted Navy's Gray Eagle Award. He belonged to Lynnhaven United Methodist Church and was a member of the Association of Naval Aviation, the Tailhook Association, Golden Eagles and Navy League. He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Barbara; his son, Capt. Bert Carmody, U.S. Navy retired and his wife Alice Carmody; his daughter, Catherine Ireland and her husband Bruce Ireland; grandchildren, Colleen Gahan, Jennifer Fore, Jack Carmody and Laura Carmody; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Lt. Col. Russell Carmody, U.S. Army, but is survived by Russell's wife, Nadine Carmody. It was his wish to express his deep appreciation to the Portsmouth Naval Hospital for the outstanding care he received from their staff and especially to Dr. Joseph Kennedy for taking care of him over the past 15 years. To his squadron mates in VB-8 and all the shipmates who have so enriched his life, he wanted them to know they have his deepest respect and admiration and he will be there to "welcome them to that carrier in the sky." A memorial service will be held at the Oceana Naval Air Station Chapel at 11 a.m. Saturday. Those attending the service at Oceana must have a picture ID for entrance to the base. Internment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at 1 p.m. May 21, 2008. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, (757) 428-7880 is handling the arrangements. Donations in his memory can be made to the Unit Scholarship Fund - Russell Carmody Fund, P.O. Box 73338, Fayetteville, NC 28307 or to the National Museum of Naval Aviation, 1750 Radford Blvd., Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL 32508. Online condolences may be sent at www.hdoliver.com.

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 13, 2008
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