Slater Park Flag Program honors veteran Lt. Cmdr. Antar

Slater Park Flag Program honors veteran Lt. Cmdr. Antar

PAWTUCKET – As part of the Slater Park Flag Program, the city’s Parks & Recreation Division is recognizing the late Lt. Cmdr. Albert Antar who was born July 4, 1922, in Pawtucket.

Antar joined the Navy in 1939 at the age of 17. After 12 years of being enlisted as Navy personnel, Antar quickly rose in rank, due to his diligence, dedication and expertise, according to a press release.

He supervised the aircraft mechanics aboard the USS Yorktown during WWII. Antar survived a bomb explosion aboard the Yorktown during the Battle of the Coral Sea, which in turn would result in 66 casualties. Following this unfortunate event, he was ordered to join a convoy, to which would eventually become “The Battle of Midway.”

After WWII he was assigned to the USS Valley Forge and in 1947 set sail on a nine-month world cruise that included North Africa, the Mediterranean, Europe and Norway. Antar served in the Korean War during the Bay of Pigs.

Antar was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation four times, Navy Commendation Medal for Valor, the UN Service Medal, among many other commendations.

After 24 years in the Navy, Antar went into the real estate business and pursued his passion for golf. According to the release, he remained happily married to his wife, Evelyn, for 67 years and was much admired for his honesty, integrity, kindness and warmth toward everyone.

The Parks & Recreation Division’s Veterans Flag Program offers the opportunity for families of deceased veterans to have their personal funeral flag flown over the Pawtucket War Veterans’ Memorial Scallop Shell in Slater Park. The flag is flown for two months and is then returned to the family.

For more information about the program, contact Recreation Manager John Blais at 401-728-0500, ext. 257.