Arthur J. De Carufel, Jr.
1922 - 2006
"Final Flight-Log Entry"
"Art” was born and raised in North Attleboro, Massachusetts
where he graduated from high school and attended the Rhode Island
School of Jewelry Design. He spoke fondly of his days “roaming
around with the guys” in this small town and of “watching
out for” his little sister. — “RITA, wanna have
When it came time to “join up” he chose the U.S.
Marine Corps. His training included Aviation Ordnance School,
Aerial Gunnery School and Radio & Radar Operator School. His
active duty was primarily with Marine Torpedo Bomber Squadron
131 in the South and Central Pacific theaters as an Airborne Radio
Operator/Gunner. While stationed in Guam his TBM Avenger airplane
ditched into the ocean. Upon ditching, his was the only lifejacket
that inflated. Art instructed the other two aircrew to hold onto
his lifejacket, which saved the lives of his fellow Marines. The
crew was picked up by the Yard Mine Sweeper-241. To this day he
has retained his treasured lifejacket.
While stationed at El Toro, California, in 1944, he was introduced
to the “LOVE OF HIS LIFE” – Jean MacDougall.
They corresponded while he was overseas and were married in May
He worked two years as a stained glass cutter and setter for
Judson Studios in Pasadena, California and continued his interest
in stained glass crafting over the years at home and by teaching
an evening class on stained glass.
The year 1948 brought him into the Space Age when he started
work at Aerojet Corporation in Azusa, California:
- 1948-56 AZUSA, California – PROCESS OPERATER –
fabricating igniters and JATO Units –TEST MECHANIC –
Hydro-turbo rocket testing – ROCKET TEST TECHNICIAN –
Liquid rocket test setup and rocket propulsion systems –
ENGINEER – Nike, Aerobee and Vanguard propulsion systems
- 1956-57 HOLLOMAN AFB ALAMOGORDO, New Mexico – ENGINEER–
Aerobee, Rockaire, Genie, NikeAjax, and Sled runs utilizing
Aerojet solid rockets
- 1957-59 CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – ENGINEER – Vanguard
Project (second stage), Polaris Program, Lockheed X17 Rocket
FORT CHURCHILL, CANADA – Nike-Cajun rockets, Aerobees
- 1959-62 WALLOPS ISLAND, Virginia – ENGINEER –
- 1962-63 SACRAMENTO, California – TECHNICAL SERVICE ENGINEER
– cryogenic storage, liquid hydrogen pumping tests
- 1963-65 FORT WORTH, Texas – TECHNICAL SERVICE ENGINEER
– component testing in nuclear and cryogenic environment
- 1965-85 KEYPORT TORPEDO STATION, Washington – Mark46
Art and Jean raised six wonderful children: five sons and one
daughter, resulting in nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Art was a life member of the VFW and NRA. His special interests
included travel, gardening, reading, western movies, and most
of all his family. He maintained a detailed flight log starting
with WWII: whether fixed wing, helicopter, glider, or hot air
“THIS FLIGHT WILL BE
HIS FINAL LOGBOOK ENTRY”