PORTLAND, Ore., May 27—Brig. Gen. Evans F. Carlson, Marine hero and leader of the famed Carlson’s Raiders of World War II, died at Emmanuel Hospital here today [May 27, 1947] from a heart attack. He was 51.
Carlson was brought to the hospital here last night from his Brightwood, Ore., home after suffering a heart attack.
Leader of the Makin Island Raiders early in the Pacific War, Carlson suffered two heart attacks last November. At that time he was taken to an Astoria, Ore., naval hospital where he remained until January. Then he returned home.
After his heart attack yesterday he was placed in an oxygen tent and kept in it during his trip to Portland.
Last year with his wife and son, Tony, he retired to a mountain cabin at Brightwood on the slopes of Mount Hood where he said he hoped to find peace.
He was admitted to Emmanuel Hospital at 7:30 p.m. yesterday and died 11 hours later.
Born at Sidney, N.Y., Feb. 26, 1896, the son of a minister, he served as a captain of artillery in World War I. In 1922 he enlisted as a private in the Marine Corps, where his service included assignments in Nicaragua in the 1930s and with Chinese forces in 1937.
He first came to widespread public notice in 1942 when his Second Battalion Raiders wiped out Japanese installations on Makin Island. Subsequently he fought on Guadalcanal, Tarawa and Saipan. Wounds suffered on Saipan caused his retirement at the age of 50.
A son by a previous marriage, Evans Charles, was a Marine Corps officer in World War II.