Originally Published: November 10, 2015 7:04 p.m.
City of Residence: Prescott Valley
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps
Dates of Service: 1953-77
Major Carl Noyes of Prescott Valley is 80 years old and still playing taps for fallen veterans after 70 years. Major Noyes grew up in Harrison, New York, and attended the University of Connecticut. He joined the Corps in 1953 and went to the rank of sergeant before getting commissioned in 1957. He served during many crises, such as the Cuban situation in 1963, Panama, Laos, Lebonen; and he served three times in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor and the Navy Commendation Medal for valor. He received the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and six campaign medals.
Noyes always carried his trumpet with him to entertain the troops whenever possible. He played as a soloist with the Cherry Point Marine Band in the late '60s.
The major served as a division motor transport officer in all four divisions, an engineer, received his master's degree in computer science and finance and filled a full colonel's position as the staff secretary (administrative assistant) to several general officers.
His task in Vietnam was unique in that he was not a pilot, but was allowed to copilot a Huey helicopter over the top of his truck convoys over the ground. He had over 1,000 hours performing this mission.
He retired at Camp Pendleton, California, in 1977 after 24 years in the Corps. After retiring, he went on to hold several top-level positions in his transportation and maintenance fields in public governments in California and Nevada.
Carl and his wife, Marsha, retired to Prescott Valley in 2002. They currently reside in a new home in Granville.