CARROLL, JAMES JOSEPH Major, U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF Date of Action: September 27 - October 5, 1966 Citation: The Navy Cross is presented to James Joseph Carroll, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company K, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against North Vietnamese Army forces during Operation PRAIRIE in the Republic of Vietnam from 27 September to 5 October 1966. On 27 September as Company K moved through a thick jungle canopy toward Hill 400, the point platoon was hit hard by enemy automatic weapons fire, electrically detonated mines and booby traps, and the other platoons of the company came under an intense mortar attack. Captain Carroll quickly seized a piece of high ground, and utilizing it for a temporary landing zone was able to evacuate his wounded quickly and establish a company defensive position from which he could attack the determined and well-fortified enemy bunkers that defended Hill 400. On 28 September, he called in close air support to within fifty meters of his front lines in an attempt to destroy the enemy positions which had halted the Battalion for two days. Utilizing the shock action of bombs and napalm, Captain Carroll and seven of his Marines crawled to within hand-grenade range of the enemy. Aggressively and decisively launching the final assault and gaining a quick foothold on the hill, he employed the rest of his company to aid in securing the objective then under heavy counterattack from three sides. Despite a painful wound from an enemy mortar round, Captain Carroll continued to direct his men in the securing of the hill. On 5 October while directing supporting fire from Company M, he was mortally wounded by an exploding shell fragment. His courageous fighting spirit, great personal valor, and unswerving devotion to duty served to inspire all who observed him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
James Joseph Carroll
Infantry Officer (USMC)
3rd Mar Div
United States of America
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