Charles Barrett Carroll was born on September 14,
1912, in Pasadena, California, son of Albert Edward and Annette (Hugus)
Carroll. While attending Harvard College, he joined the Naval Reserve Officers
Training Corps Unit, and upon graduation was commissioned an Ensign in the US
Naval Reserve. After ten years, he was transferred to the US Navy, and
subsequently advanced to rank, attaining that of captain, USN, to date from
July 1, 1956.
He was called to active duty in November 1939, after
several years in Central America as a tropical farm overseer with the United
Fruit Company, and was assigned to USS Omaha. In January 1940 he became
Radio Officer of USS San Francisco, and from January to June 1941 served s
First Lieutenant on board USS Vixen. After submarine training at the
Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut, he reported in October 1941 to USS
S-31, in which he served for two years as Engineer and Communication Officer.
During that period he participated in seven patrols in the Alaskan and South
Pacific combat areas.
Returning to the United States in August 1943, he
assisted in fitting out USS Plaice at the Navy Yard, Portsmouth, New
Hampshire, and joined that submarine on her commissioning on February 12, 1944.
He subsequently served as Navigator and Executive Officer and participated in
four war patrols on board that submarine. He was awarded Bronze Star Medal and
a Gold Star in lieu of the second Bronze Star Medal, each with Combat “V.” The
citation follow, in part:
Bronze Star Medal: “For meritorious service… while
attached to the USS Plaice during that vessel’s First War Patrol in enemy-controlled
waters of the Pacific from June 4 to July 25, 1944…(He) rendered valuable
assistance to his commanding officer in conducting successful torpedo attacks
which resulted in the sinking of four important Japanese vessels and, by his
forceful leadership and outstanding professional skill, aided materially in
conducting successful evasive tactics under severe enemy countermeasure…”
Gold Star in lieu of the Second Bronze Star Medal:
“For meritorious achievement as Diving Officer of a United States Submarine
during a War Patrol of that vessel in enemy Japanese-controlled waters.(He)
contributed directly to the sinking of an enemy vessel of 3, 000 tons and to
the successful evasive of enemy countermeasure. In addition, he assisted in the
execution of a special reconnaissance mission…”
Between April and November 1945 he served as
Operations Officer on the Staff of Commander Submarine Squadron Four, after
which he had duty in connection with relief crews attached to Submarine
Division Seventy-Five. In June 1946 he joined USS Massachusetts as Damage
Control Officer and First Lieutenant, and in September of that year assumed
command of that battleship, then in process of inactivation overhaul. He also
served as her Executive Officer until January 1947, prior to her
decommissioning in March of that year. During the period February to June 1947
he was a student at the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia, then has
instruction in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department,
Washington, D.C., preparatory to reporting in July 1947 as Sub-Chief of the
US Naval Mission to the Republic of Colombia, at Cartagena.
In January 1950 he returned to the United States and
the next month became Inspector-Instructor of Naval Reserves at the Naval Reserve
Training Center, at Altoona, Pennsylvania. In December 1951 he assumed command
of the USS Lowry, and in January 1954 was detached for duty in the Bureau of Naval
Personnel, Navy Department. In June 1955 he was assigned to the Joint Staff of
the Commander in Chief, Naval Forces, Far East, at Tokyo, Japan, remaining
there until December 1956.
In March 1957 he became Commander Destroyer Division,
Two Hundred Thirty Two, and continued to serve in that command until April
1958, when he reported as Chief of Staff, Aide and Operations Officer on the
Staff of Commander Cruiser Division Five. He commanded USS Caliente (AO-53)
from June 1959 until June 1960, then was assigned to the Office of the Chief of
Naval Operations. In June 1963, he assumed command of the Naval Station,
Rodman, Canal Zone and in March 1966 was designated Director of the Field
Support Activity, Washington, D.C.
In addition to the Bronze Star Medal with Gold Star
and Combat “V,” Captain Carroll has the Naval Reserve Medal; the American Defense
Service Medal, Fleet Clasp; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
Medal; World War II Victory Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Korean
Service Medal; and United Nations Service Medal. He has also been awarded the
Order of Almitanta Padilla by the Government of Columbia.
Captain Carroll is a member of the Harvard Club of
Boston, Massachusetts, the Harvard Club of Maryland, and the Sons of the
He died 12 October 2006.