Carl Lawrence Mickens
Pfc. Carl L. Mickens
Dies In War
(July 16-21, 1970) -- Pfc. Carl Lawrence Mickens, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. Mickens of 61 Wilber Street, was killed in action on July 4 in Vietnam.
Private Mickens lost his life in a booby trap explosion while he was on a military mission, according to a telegram received by his parents.
A lifelong Belleville resident, Pfc. Mickens had planned to be a vocational high school teacher.
Before entering the service, Pfc. Mickens had completed three years toward a teaching degree at Montclair State College.
Earlier he attended night school at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Pfc. Mickens had also completed four years of apprenticeship as a tool and die maker at Western Electric Co., Kearny.
"He planned to finish college after his discharge from the service next year," his father said. "He hoped to put his experience as a tool and die maker, and his teaching degree, to use as a vocational high school teacher."
He was drafted into the army in July 1969. After completing basic training at Ft. Dix, he took advanced training at Ft. Lewis, Wash., and Ft. Benning, Ga.
Last April, Pfc. Mickens was assigned to Vietnam and became a member of the 101st Airborne Division.
"He was a good soldier and took the problems of war in stride," his father said. "He really did not want to go to Vietnam, but when the word came through, he went cheerfully."
He was graduated from Belleville High School in 1962. While at Montclair State, Mickens was a member of the Kappa Sigma Chi fraternity.
He was also a member of the choir at Grace Episcopal Church, Newark.
Pfc. Mickens leaves his parents and two sisters, Linda Gail, and Shirley Jean, both at home.
The funeral was from the S. W. Brown and Son funeral home, 267 Centre Street, Nutley. Mass was offered in Grace Episcopal Church in Newark.
A BHS 1962 Classmate Remembers
I knew Carl Mickens more from Grace Church, Newark, on Broad St., next to City Hall. Also knew him in school. He was a very nice person but felt more comfortable in church as an altar boy than in school. In church he was in his element. Some of the classmates thought he was a loner, but he was just a shy young man. I wish I could help you more. He and I got along very well and I truly liked him as a person who would go places, but God had other plans for him. RIP, Carl.
Carl Mickens in buried in a family plot in the Crestwood section of Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, N.J.
Belleville Telegram, Belleville, N.J.
The Belleville Times, Belleville, N.J.
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Holmdel, N.J.
MICKENS, CARL LAWRENCE
Date of Birth: Sunday, April 9, 1944
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