PFC Henry “Sam” Carlile

PFC Henry “Sam” Carlile

14th Complement Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force

Henry ‘Sam’ Carlile was born on January 9, 1924, in Hickory Flat, Mississippi.

He enlisted June 16, 1943, at Camp Forest, TN and was sent to Ft. Monmouth, NJ to be trained as a radio operator and was assigned to the 327th Signal Co. Wing (Signal Corps).

Sam shipped out on June 1, 1943 and upon arriving in Liverpool, England, he was transferred to an R.A.F airfield that had been turned over to the American Allies. From there, he worked on servicing all types of military network communications between all commands including combat orders, intelligence reports, weather, personnel transfers, supplies, and Red Cross assistance.

When the invasion took place in Normandy on June 6, 1944, Sam worked as a Radio Operator for more than 32 hours straight. He handled various kinds of messages with five levels of classification– from deferred to urgent for transmission speed and from unclassified to top secret as well as some encrypted for security.

Later in the war, Sam participated in the Battle of the Rhineland supporting fighter aircraft and in Germany near Augsburg. He was honorably discharged on December 11, 1945.