Virgil Carringer


Vonore Methodist Cem., Monroe Co., Tn



Virgil Carringer

ID: 09658245
Entered the Service From:
Seaman, First Class

U.S. Navy, United States Naval Reserve

Friday, May 11, 1945
Memorialized at:
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI, USA

Purple Heart


Vonore Boy Loses Life

The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Dillon Carringer of Vonore are deeply sympathizing with them in the loss of their son and only child, Virgil Carringer, S-1c, who lost his life when his ship was struck by a Jap “suicide plane” off Okinawa on May 11.  Virgil volunteered for service with the Navy in 1943 and was a gunner on the U.S.S. Bunker Hill, one of the largest aircraft carriers of the Pacific Fleet.  His ship took part in the attack on Tokyo on Feb. 16 and 17 and again on the 25th, which was Virgil’s twenty-first birthday.  Their planes also furnished air support throughout the invasion of Iwo Jima, Kyushu, Okinawa and several other islands.  Virgil was born and reared in and around Vonore and was a senior in Vonore High School at the time of his enlistment.  His wife, the former Miss Dottie Bridges, resides in Knoxville, where she is employed.  Virgil spent his first and only furlough with his wife and parents in Vonore, last December.


The day Virgil died.



Researcher and Designer

Joy Locke & Joe Irons