Entered the Service From: Tennessee
Rank: Seaman, First Class
States Naval Reserve
Died: Friday, May 11, 1945
Memorialized at: Honolulu Memorial
Awards: 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.
day Virgil died.
Researcher and Designer
Joy Locke & Joe Irons