Vice Adm. Kent J. Carroll USN (ret.), 92, of Pinehurst, passed peacefully on to eternity Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at his home with loving family by his side.
A memorial service at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel and in-ground interment, with full military honors, will be held Arlington National Cemetery, where he will join his beloved wife of 61 years, Betty Marie Carroll, who preceded him in death in 2008.
Kent was born in Newton, Iowa, in 1926 to Lee and Mabel Carroll. In December 1943, he enlisted as an apprentice seaman in the Navy’s V-12 program and was commissioned an ensign in the wartime NROTC program at University of Notre Dame. He served on a battleship, aircraft carrier, numerous submarines and amphibious ships.
His combat tours included 15 months in the Western Pacific during the Korean War while serving in submarines participating in three war patrols off the Soviet Coast. While in command of the USS Blue Ridge, he conducted two amphibious assault operations on the coast of Vietnam.
His 10 command tours were: commanding officer, USS Sablefish SS 303; commander, Submarine Division 81; commander, Task Group 69.1 (Mediterranean Submarine Division); commander Submarine Division 82; commissioning commanding officer of USS Blue Ridge; and commander, Amphibious Squadron 10. His flag command tours included: commander, Naval Inshore Warfare Command Atlantic; commander, Task Force 65 in the Arab Republic of Egypt, where he was responsible for clearing the Suez Canal, closed for nearly 10 years, of mines and sunken ships; commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas, where he was responsible for processing over 110,000 refugees after the fall of Saigon; and commander, Military Sealift Command in charge of 145 ships.
Kent retired after 39 years of service in the U.S. Navy. Since retiring to Pinehurst in 1983, he has served as president and vice president of the English-Speaking Union, Sandhills Chapter; president and vice president of the Retired Officers Association, Sandhills Chapter; on the board of directors for the Pinehurst Civic Group, The Country Club of North Carolina and FirstHealth Hospice; president of the committee that built the War Memorial in Cannon Park honoring our veterans; and a faithful longtime member of Brownson Memorial Church in Southern Pines.
Although dedicated to serving his country and community, his greatest love was for his wife and family.
He is survived by their four children; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Their son, Craig, is a military history preservation expert and son Lance is a retired Army colonel and married to Christine Carroll. Daughter Debra is married to Capt. David Rollins, USN (ret.); and daughter Maureen is married to retired Navy Capt. Larry Burt, USN (ret.). Grandchildren include Melanie King (Zane King); Patrick Carroll, who is serving in the Air Force and currently deployed (Sara Carroll); Bryan Rollins (Melissa Rollins); Kimberly Rollins; Jonathan Carroll, who is serving in the Navy (Rachel Carroll); Ashley Carroll; Mallory Moffit (Adam Moffit, who is serving in the Navy); Katherine Nevin (Philip Nevin); and Samuel Burt, who is serving in the Marine Corps and currently deployed (Lucy Burt). Great-grandchildren include Madelyn and Joshua King; Hannah Carroll, Zoe and Elle Rollins; Norah, Violet, William and James Moffit; Marigold and Poppy Nevin, and counting.
A celebration of life gathering for those well acquainted with him will be hosted by his four children at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the family home in CCNC. Please contact Rev. Allen of Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church who will be officiating if you wish to attend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 150 Applecross Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
Online condolences can be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com
Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.