Billy "Buck" Carroll
Commander, United States Navy
Arlington memorial planned for Navy pilot
A memorial service is planned next month at Arlington National Cemetery for retired Navy Commander Billy "Buck" Carroll, 79, a highly decorated fighter pilot who fought in World War II and the Korean War.
Commander Carroll, who lived at Fleet Landing in Atlantic Beach for the past five years, died May 21, 2003, in an accident on Mayport Road when his van struck the rear of a city bus.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi who received a master's degree from Boston University, Commander Carroll entered the Navy on June 13, 1942. During World War II, he served on the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill. He shot down four Japanese aircraft and destroyed seven on the ground, and was awarded four Distinguished Flying Crosses and six Air Medals.
During the Korean War, he served as a fighter pilot on the aircraft carrier USS Princeton and was awarded six more Air Medals in addition to other citations and ribbons.
His wife of 53 years, June Carroll, said it was ironic that her husband escaped injury in the two wars only to be killed in an auto accident near his home.
After the Korean War, Commander Carroll served as a public information officer for NASA. He was permanently disabled in a plane crash in Vietnam in 1968.
He is recognized in Who's Who in American Aviation and was active in the Disabled American Veterans and the Lions Club. He was a former president of the North Carolina Association of Government Information Officers and was a member of the National Public Relations Association.
The service at Arlington National Cemetery is planned for 1 p.m. July 10, 2003.
Commander Carroll was predeceased by a son, Billy, who died in an auto accident in 1976.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Holly Carroll of Atlantic Beach and Crismas Carroll of Lakeland; a brother, Mack Carroll of Lake Placid; and two grandchildren.
CARROLL, BILLY B JR
Posted: 11 October 2003 Updated: 18 July 2004 Updated: 13 November 2005
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