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Louis F. Caralle Sr., railroader

He was a decorated Korean War veteran

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

5:56 PM EDT, August 14, 2013

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Louis F. Caralle Sr., a retired railroad man and decorated Korean War veteran, died Sunday of cancer at his Edgemere home. He was 80.

The son of fruit vendors, Louis F. Caralle was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown. He was a vocational school graduate. .

Mr. Caralle enlisted in the Army in 1950 and fought in Korea. He was wounded twice and earned two Purple Hearts with Oak Leaf Clusters.

After being discharged from the Army, he joined the Marine Corps Reserves, where he was a supply sergeant for a decade. Since 1956, he had been a member and post commander of the McComas Post 2678 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a life member of Disabled Veterans.

Mr. Caralle worked as a brakeman and conductor for 34 years for the Patapsco & Back Rivers Railroad, from which he retired in 1994.

He had been a Little League commissioner in his community and was a member of the North Point Peninsula Council.

Mr. Caralle was a communicant and volunteer custodian at St. Luke Roman Catholic Church, 7517 North Point Blvd., Edgemere, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Virginia "Ginny" Lejsiak; a son, Louis F. Caralle Jr. of York, Pa.; two daughters, Susan L. Whippo and Mary C. Wooten, both of Dundalk; a brother, Raymond Caralle of Fawn Grove, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com