Carl Emil Coplin was born in 1919 in Arkansas, the son of William Carlos Copling and Minnie Ovie Ward. Carl was living with his parents in Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee when he enlisted in the United States Navy on 18 October 1940 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. He was dispatched to San Diego, California for training. After basic training, Carl was designated a Hospital Apprentice (HA) and assigned to the United States Naval Hospital San Deigo, California for advance training. His brother Kenneth served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

He was a passenger on the U.S.S. Chaumont (AP5) and was transferred the the U.S.S. Langley (AV-3) on 10 January 1942. He is memorialized at the American Cemetery at Manila.

Mother: Mrs. William Carlos Coplin, 807 South Roan Street, Johnson City, TN and Minnie Ovie Ward

  • Rank: Pharmacist Mate Third Class
  • Date of death: 15 December 1945
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Johnson City
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
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