Myron “Jay” Carraway, age 94, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016. He was born 1922 in Jackson, Cassia County, Idaho and lived the last 42 years of his life in Pensacola.
He is survived by his loving twin sister, Marjorie Stapleman and brother Harold Carrraway; son, Richard Carraway and daughter, Tina Jeselnik Sutton; daughter-in-law, Teresa Carraway; son-in-law, Kent Sutton; and grandchildren, David Ellington and Samantha Soens.
After surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor as a crewman of the USS Hulbert (AVD-6), Jay fought in World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the US Navy in 1961. Jay then spent the next 20 years as a US Navy Civil Servant, and held leadership positions in the Knights of Columbus, the Pearl Harbor Survivors, and NARFE.
Here is Jay’s story of December 7, 1941.
Co-Founder of Pearl Harbor Survivors, Chapter 138 in Pensacola
Jay was responsible for organizing a Pensacola chapter of the national Pearl Harbor Survivor’s association. He casually posted a notice in the local newspaper inviting all those interested to come to his house for a preliminary “get together”. Much to his surprise, 88 people showed up! Fortunately, most folks brought snacks and drinks, so there were plenty refreshments to go around. Together with Fred Glaeser
they organized and maintained the chapter for many years. At one time, there were 64 members, according to Jay. He spent many years organizing the stories of the chapter’s heroes, many of which can be found in other sections of this website: More Heroic Accounts and Within the Dash.
When the national organization disbanded, Chapter 138 continued to meet quarterly for lunch. Survivors, friends and families joined in the fun.
Myron, “Jay” Carraway, a Tough Old Bird
Surviving nearly 75 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Jay was busy every day. He participated whenever the opportunity arose to share his story with young and old. Within the last year, he spoke at Cordova Elementary School, reminding them that he went to a one room school when he was their age.
On the Fourth of July weekend, he had the “thrill of a lifetime,” according to his son, Rick. Jay had an opportunity to ride in a Stearman Bi-plane during the Blue Angels’ Pensacola Beach air show.
Myron “Jay” Carraway – a National Treasure
We will miss you, Jay.