Jan. 5, 1943 - April 1, 1969
Born Jan. 5, 1943 in Denver, Jerry displayed his artistic abilities throughout his school years. An exceptional student, he was advanced a grade and still placed in accelerated classes. His artistic abilities found him starring in plays, doing the artwork for stage backdrops, drafting, oil painting, artwork and covers for the Colorado Engineer (University of Colorado Publications).
He also displayed an athletic aptitude, learning swimming and lifesaving through the Scouting program and assisting the swimming instructor in junior high. He also played water polo at college.
He visited Europe after graduation from Wheat Ridge High School in 1960 and delayed going to college for a year. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, and was very active in his Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He also was a mentor for a delinquent youth under a program associated with the criminology course called the Assistant Probation Officer Program.
After graduating from C.U. with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he joined the Peace Corps. A delay in transportation resulted in an immediate change, as Jerry determined the United States Marine Corps was his destiny.
Receiving his commission in 1967, he was schooled as a helicopter pilot. Joining the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 on Jan. 28, 1969. He immediately displayed his courage and leadership in action the very next day that resulted in his being awarded the Navy Commendation Medal. These traits were continually part of his service as evidenced by the following awards:
Distinguished Flying Cross
National Order of Vietnam
5CL Gallantry Cross w/Palm
Republic - Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation
Air Medal w/9 Strike Award
Navy Commendation Medal w/V for Valor
Republic - Vietnam Campaign Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Marine Frank Jerome "Jerry" Carroll was killed in action on April 1, 1969, while flying his helicopter during a combat mission in Vietnam. Frank Jerome Carroll is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery.
The original organizing members of the Marine Corps League in Denver felt that this Marine exemplified the qualities we pride ourselves for as Marines. Marine Carroll's mother, Margaret Carroll-Boyce, graciously allowed us to name our detachment after her son. We will always be proud to be associated with the name of this very brave young man.