In Memory of
Pvt. 1st Class
Harold Virgil Carroll
Winner, South Dakota
June 13, 1920 - September 6, 1942
Harold Virgil Carroll was born in Gregory County
on June 13, 1920, to Leslie and Clara Hedlund Carroll. Harold’s family included
his two brothers, Leo and Vernon, and two sisters, Evelyn and Isula. Harold and
his family moved to Tripp County, and he attended Crystal Springs School, Rock
Hills School, and Winner High School. After his schooling, he worked as a
farmer and rancher. Harold also worked at a local Conoco oil station in Winner.
His sister, Isula, wrote that Harold was “very happy, eager to help anyone, but
yet very serious. He loved life, had many friends, and was a conscientious
On January 21, 1942, Harold was drafted into
the Army. Pvt. Carroll’s training took place at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After a
very short training, Pvt. Carroll was sent to Hawaii where he was stationed at
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He was in was the Army Tanks division where Harold
was private first class. His captain wrote of him, “When he joined the company,
it didn’t take me long to find out that he was a good soldier, and we all liked
him very much.”
On September 6, 1942, Private 1st
class Harold Virgil Carroll died of hepatitis in Hawaii.
Harold was originally buried in the Hawaiian
Islands, but he was later moved to the Winner Cemetery in Winner, South Dakota.
At the time of his death, his survivors included his fiancée, Adeline Walker,
Clara and Leslie Carroll, Vernon Carroll, Evelyn Stober, Isula Dentinger, and
Leo Carroll all of Winner, South Dakota. The current survivors are Isula
Dentinger of Custer, South Dakota, and Evelyn Stober of Winner South Dakota.
I will remember the service and sacrifice of
Pvt. 1st Class Harold Virgil Carroll.
entry was respectfully submitted by Jade DeMers, 7th Grade Colome Jr.
High, Colome, South Dakota, April 12, 2002. Information for this entry was
provided by Isula Dentinger, Custer, South Dakota, sister of Harold Virgil