WHARTON – Retired Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Carl S. Mangum, a Purple Heart recipient and longtime government, died Monday [March 24, 1986] at Morristown Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was 74.
Mr. Mangum was born in Charlotte, N.C., and lived here for the past 31 years.
His 30-year career in the Marine Corps began when he enlisted in October 1929. The following year he participated in the Second Nicaraguan Campaign in 1930 and 1931.
Mr. Mangum was wounded while serving with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion (Edson’s Raiders) on the island of Tulagi in the Solomon Islands Campaign in August, 1942. He received the Purple Heart award in 1943 and his unit received the Presidential Unit Citation for that engagement. Later, he served with the 1st Marine Division in Korea.
He retired from the military in 1959 with the rank of sergeant major. His final assignment was with the Seventh Rifle Co., USMCR, at Picatinny Arsenal in Rockaway Township. He then worked at the arsenal for 21 years as a military personnel specialist, retiring in 1981.
Former president and secretary-treasurer of the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 155, Dover, he was a member of the 1st Marine Division Association; Edson’s Raiders Association; and the Marine Corps League.
He was elder and deacon of the Hungarian Presbyterian Church, here; and a member of the Wharton Senior Citizens Association; the National Association of Federal Retired Employees; the Wharton Friends of the Library Association; and the American Association of Retired Persons.
Surviving are his wife, Alice; a son, Carl E., Morris Plains; two brothers, Ralph, Hemet, Calif., and George, Asheville, N.C.; four sisters, Maude Pittman, and Winnifred Nance, both of Charlotte, Pauline Fields, Palm Coast, Fla., and Dorothy Morgan, O’Fallon, Mo.; and a granddaughter.
Arrangements are by the Bermingham Funeral Home, 249 S. Main St.