Corporal Patrick W. Carpenter of Ashland, serving overseas with the U.S. Marines, died from an accidental gunshot wound according to information sent here from Washington, D.C. Wires of notification were received Wednesday evening by his parents, Homer Carpenter, Sr., 151 West Main Street, and Mrs. Jane Hancock,
11 1/2 East Eighth Street.
Military authorities have instructed the families to refrain from giving Corporal Carpenter's company and location in order that such information will not aid the enemy.
He was born in Wayne County. Va., on July 5, 1920.
A former member of the National Guards, Corporal Carpenter enlisted with the U.S. Marines on June 17, 1940. He was a field music Corporal and had received medal honors for sharp shooting.
He was graduated from Ashland high school in 1940 and was an employee of the A.L. Garber Company when he enlisted for service.
His family recently had been notified of his promotion to sergeant.
Survivors are his parents, a brother, Homer, Jr., a sister, Estella May of Ashland and a grandmother, Mrs. Meredith Darr of West Virginia.
Also surviving is his brother, Corporal Gerald Carpenter with the 37th Division. The brothers met several months ago at an unannounced overseas destination where their companies landed to await further station assignments for Foreign Service. This meeting was their first in two and a half years.