Carl Perin Boozer, 83, of Haines City, Fl. died July 9, 2008 of heart failure.
He was born October 16, 1924 in Prosperity, South Carolina. He moved to Florida with his parents when he was 1 year old. He was predeceased by his parents Earl Otis Boozer, Sr. and Annie Mae Gibson Boozer, and his brother Earl O. Boozer, Jr. He is survived by his wife Mary Lee Boozer of sixty one years and his children Sharon Lee Boozer Garrett (David) and Carl Stanley Boozer (Anita).
He graduated from Winter Haven High School. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received pre-Cadet training for duty with the Army Air Corps. He was commissioned June 27, 1944 in Marianna, Fl. and served 15 months in the European Theater with the 354th Pioneer Fighter Group.
The Mustang pictured above is "Rose (painting of a rose) Lee", coded AJ-O. It was in this aircraft that Lt. Boozer claimed one Focke-Wulf 190 destroyed on 26 April 1945. Due to lost reports the claim remained unconfirmed.
As the 354th was getting itself situated at their new base, Ober-Olm (Y-64) near the city of Mainz, Germany. Carl Boozer was one of six replacement pilots arriving in early April 1945 and assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron. He was a P-51 Mustang pilot and was awarded the air medal for meritorious service in combat flight. He was attached to Patton's 3rd Army and flew fighter cover for the ground forces. He was in service for 3 1/2 years.
After the war he opened a business called Boozer's Service & Equipment with his father. The business sold irrigation equipment and Minneapolis Moline tractors. He was also a citrus grower. In his early years in Winter Haven he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven. He moved to Haines City in 1948. He later became a member of St. Marks Episcopal Church in Haines City. He was a charter member and director of the Rotary Club of Winter Haven North.