- Category : 1923-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Identification 2
American government official, career military man who rose to the rank of Rear Admiral and subsequently became Vice-President of the Center for Defense Information, Washington D.C. He was an outspoken opponent of nuclear weapons, high military budgets and new armaments and was often called to be an expert witness before Congress as well as for academic and lobbying groups..
Rear Admiral Carroll was born in Arizona but his family moved to California when he was six months old. After earning his bachelor degree, he received his master's degree in international nternational relations, both from George Washington University. In 1945 he joined the Navy, flew dive bombers in the Korean War and, later, commanded an amphibious assault ship and the aircraft carrier Midway during the Vietnam War.
He subsequently became the first naval officer to serve as director of American military forces in Europe. Although he was responsible for 7,000 nuclear weapons, he realized the limitations of such weapons in defending Europe and became an ardent spokesperson for anti-proliferation. Returning to the US, he served in the Pentagon as a planner of military policy and operations.
After 35 years of military service, he retired from the Navy in 1980 and gained employment with a research and lobbying organization the Center for Defense Information where he held the title Deputy Director.
He and his wife Margaret had one son, Dennis. He suffered a fatal heart attack and died at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC on February 19, 2003.