Carroll, Wells Worth, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
613X-Limited Duty Officer - Engineering/Repair - Surface
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 144X, USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
Service Years
1915 - 1943
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Manhasset, NY
Last Address
15 Gaynor Ave
Manhasset, NY
(wife~Grace Hull Carroll)

Casualty Date
Nov 24, 1943
Hostile, Died
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (cenotaph)

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World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  2016, World War II Fallen
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry

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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1943, 144X, USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1943-1943 World War II
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation/Battle of Tarawa
  1943-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Notre Dame
  1911-1915, University of Notre Dame
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Aug 03, 2013, General Photos3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On 23 November, the Japanese submarineI-175 arrived off Makin. The temporary task group built around Rear Admiral H.M. Mullinnix's three escorts, Liscome Bay, USS Coral Sea and USS Corregidor commanded by Rear Admiral Robert M. Griffin in USS New Mexico was steaming 20 miles southwest of Butaritari Island at 15 knots. At 0430, 24 November, reveille was made in Liscome Bay. The ship went to routine general quarters at 0505 as flight crews prepared their planes for dawn launchings.

There was no warning of a submarine in the area until about 0510 when a lookout shouted: "Here comes a torpedo!" The torpedo struck abaft the after engine room and hit the aircraft bomb stockpile, causing a major explosion engulfing the entire vessel and sending shrapnel out 5,000 yards. "It didn't look like a ship at all", wrote Lt. John C. W. Dix, communications officer on the nearby destroyer USS Hoel, "We thought it was an ammunition dump....She just went whoom ? an orange ball of flame."

At 0533, Liscome Bay listed to starboard and sank, carrying 53 officers and 591 enlisted men including Admiral Mullinnix, Captain Wiltsie, and Cook Third Class Dorie Miller, famous for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor down with her. Only 272 of her crew of 916 were rescued by destroyers USS Morris, USS Hughes and USS Hull.


Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Wells Worth Carroll (NSN: 0-174926), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as a Damage Control Officer aboard the Escort Carrier U.S.S. LISCOME BAY (CVE-56), when that vessel was sunk near Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands on 24 November 1943. Severely wounded when the LISCOME BAY was struck by a torpedo, Lieutenant Commander Carroll refused medical attention and courageously attempted to operate the fire-protection apparatus and to restore pressure in the fire mains despite continuous ammunition explosions and raging flames. He supervised the evacuation of several wounded men and encouraged others less seriously injured than himself. He refused to allow a shipmate to endanger himself by searching for a life jacket for him. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Carroll throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 331 (October 1944)
Action Date: November 24, 1943
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Damage Control Officer
Division: U.S.S. Liscome Bay (CVE-56)
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