Carroll Dean Vipond

Army Badge
  • Name: Carroll Dean Vipond
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: August 8, 1915
  • Date of Death: June 18, 1995 (79 years old)
  • Parents: George and Marie Vipond
  • High School and Class: 1933 - Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • College: Dunwoody Institute - Electrical Engineer (had a Masters License)
  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sargeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: April 23, 1942
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: October 22, 1945
  • Place of Discharge: Camp McCoy, Wisconsin
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    Company C 342 Army Engineers 17051098 - Foreman Construction
    Staff Sargeant Company D604, England Combat Battalion
    Foreman Construction
  • Military Awards:
    European African Middle Eastern Service
    Overseas Service Bars (6)
    Honorable Discharge

  • Military Highlights:
    Carroll Vipond enlisted at Fort Snelling April 23, 1942. By the 4th of July, 1942, he was in England building an airport for the United States Air Force. The base had their own sewage disposal plant. Carroll designed and supervised the building of it. When the United States Army left, two cities made good use of it.

    D-Day, 1944 plus 2 - Carroll was in Normandy. Served in Holland, Belgium. In Holland, their company lived in a closed pottery plant in Maastricht. It was the first city In Holland to be liberated by Eisenhower.

    September 4, 1944 - See Commemorative Plate. The family that gave Carroll the plate had a 6 year old daughter that he would see walking around. He said she was so thin!! He tried to have an apple in his pocket to give to her.

    Served 42 months in the Army with 40 months overseas!! He served in the England-European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre.

    Information in the United States, World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Carrollo Dean Vipond
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 25
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: August 8, 1915
    Birth Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Registration Place: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
    Employer: Blandin Paper Company
    Height: 5' 8"
    Weight: 175
    Complexion: Light Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: Doris Rita Vipond (wife)

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Carroll married Doris Loscheider on October 6, 1940. He worked for the Grand Rapids Public Utilities in Grand Rapids, Minnesota for 31 years and retired as superintendent for the utilities in 1976. After his retirement, he spent the winters in Texas until 1991 when he moved to Alamo, Texas.

    He is survived by his wife, Doris, one son, John; one daughter, Margie Carlson, three grandchildren, one great granddaughter, one brother, George; and four sisters, Grayce Berggren, Jeanne Heuser, Harriet Lindgren, and Lorraine Samuelson.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-G-08-25)

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