William Carrier Jr.

November 21, 1921January 8, 2019

Capt. William Carrier Jr. USN (Ret.) passed away January. 8th, 2019. Bill was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from the Naval Academy, class of 1945, earning a degree in Marine Engineering. After graduation Bill served on the U.S.S. Nashville in WWII and went on to become a naval aviator. Some notable highlights of his 30 year Navy career are: Armament Test Pilot from 1957-59; Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 85 CV59; CO of the U.S.S. Virgo in the Vietnam War (1969); CO of Patuxent River, MD Naval Air Station 1970-72 and the selection as a candidate for the Project Mercury Astronaut program. During his distinguished career Bill proudly served in WWII and both the Korean and Vietnam wars receiving many awards including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and National Defense Service metal. He crossed paths with the likes of John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra, Jimmie Doolittle, General MacArthur and Senator John McCain. Bill retired from the United States Navy as a Captain on July 1, 1974 and along with his family settled in Jacksonville, Florida. He continued a life of service participating in the Masons, Shriners, Salvation Army, and Boy Scouts. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, golf, motorcycling, travel, and being a member of the Big Orange Chorus. He had a strong impeccable integrity and irreproachable character forged by his education and career. Bill spent his entire life serving others, from his beloved country, community and friends to most importantly serving his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and enjoyed a full and rewarding life. Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife Grace of 56 years, son Lt. jg. Bruce Carrier and sister Rose Mary Westra. He is survived by two children, Carolyn Osterman and William ‘Bill’ Carrier III; son-in-law Chuck Osterman; grandchildren Chris Osterman, Troy Osterman and Gabrielle Carrier; great-grandchildren Evan and Noah Osterman; nephews Mark and Steve Westra. A graveside service to honor the life of Captain William Carrier Jr., will be held in Arlington National Cemetery of Arlington, Virginia, at a future date. Please visit to share memories and leave condolences with the family. The funeral services for Capt. William Carrier Jr., have been entrusted to the care of Roswell Funeral Home 950 Mansell Road Roswell, Georgia 30076


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Robert Shayne

January 17, 2019

God speed Captain Carrier. Thank you for your service to this great country.

Mark Westra

January 17, 2019

Dear Bill, Carolyn and family: We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad, our Uncle Bill, was a mentor and support figure for me all of my life. From all the childhood memories of things he did for my brother and me, bringing a much larger world into view for two small Indiana boys, to later in life, always taking an interest in our careers and life pathways. At age 14, I achieved the Eagle Scout rank, and received from Uncle Bill my first airplane ride on a TWA Super Constellation for a visit to Annapolis. Your mom, our beloved Aunt Grace, picked me up at the airport, slightly air sick and disheveled, but I was excited to once again be part of the Carrier family. and all that brought with it. I learned from him at an early age, that there were a lot of opportunities outside that were achievable. His example still shines bright to me to set your sights high and never give up. I felt that it was going to be hard to measure up to him in life, but found his sense of humor, interest in me and support always in tact. We had an ongoing joke between us, that I had made Eagle Scout and he had only made Life Scout. He also helped inspire me to become a pilot, in my case, not until age 50, but still, I knew he was proud of my accomplishments and what it took to get there. I had the privilege to fly him twice in one of my hot air balloons, and he supported our annual efforts at the Indianapolis Air Show for Riley Children's Hospital. His passion for philanthropy became a shining example to me that continues to this day. We will miss him, but his influence on all of us is going to be there the rest of our lives.

Carmelita Griffith (Reagan)

January 16, 2019

Hi Bill,
Sorry to hear about your dad.
He was a wonderful man.
My prayers are with you and your family.
God bless you.