Carroll Booth

Eau Claire Army Captain Tells of Mad Jap Charge
Stanley Sergeant Hero of Break Through
BY FRED HAMPSON 
A BATTALION OUTPOST, AITAPE, DUTCH NEW GUINEA, August 10 (Delayed) (AP) —Japanese forces trapped at Wewak attacked a few days ago in such terrific strength that they smashed into the center of the Americans' Driniumor River line, virtually isolating two Yank battalions. 

The Yanks finally escaped by fighting down the Anamo Trail, the sole escape avenue. It was bitter and bloody, and the losses were pretty bad. 

Afterward, when that ground was retaken and the bodies counted, old GI Joe was a Big Leaguer compared to the Japanese. One American company killed the enemy at a ratio of 15 to 1. 

Although the Americans were trapped and were fighting to free themselves, several Japanese came in, waving white flags. Tank destroyers fumbled through the jungle, were led to Japanese gun emplacements by scouts, and shot them up. 

Heroes came in job lots. There was Lieutenant Fred J. Seiter of Utica, NY. He saw one of his men felled by an enemy sniper. Spitting contemptuously between his teeth, he strode forward and carried the man 60 exposed yards to safety, as the sniper peppered away. 

The Japanese used all their tricks. There were "banzai" charges. Sometimes they charged to the blast of a bugle. 

They always massed behind a small front, a couple of hundred yards, and attacked in waves until every last one of them had been used," said Captain Harry Lusk, Eau Claire, WI. 

"They don't care a damn about losses. What makes it so tough, they usually kept coming until all forward outfits were out of ammo." 

There were night snoopers. Some came laden with dynamite, trying to blast artillery. None succeeded, and all were killed. 

Stanley Man a Hero 
BY FRED HAMPSON
U. S. BATTALION OUTPOST, DRINIUMOR FRONT, NEW GUINEA, August 10 (Delayed) (AP)—This American battalion was cut off and everybody knew it. The lone avenue of retreat—the Anamo Trail— was blocked by Japanese soldiers.

Technical Sergeant Carroll Booth of Stanley, WI led the forward platoon of the assault company which spearheaded the battalion's effort to break through and rejoin its regiment. 

As they neared the enemy trail block, some members of the platoon hesitated; wavered. Some crawled back. The moment had come when the platoon either broke and ran or reached into its reservoir of courage and went on. It was up to Booth.

The Sergeant raised himself from the jungle undergrowth and opened up with his Tommy gun, striding slowly forward. He almost fell into a foxhole containing three Japanese. He killed them and went on. The wavering platoon followed, taking courage from its leader.

They fired and inched forward. Finally, Captain George Hess, Edgerton, WI, brought up reinforcements. They slugged it out for half an hour, until some tank destroyers got in. Then the Japanese broke, rolled back into the jungle; the assault company dashed onto the breach, cleared the flanks—the escape road was open.

Booth? He didn't get a scratch.


Additional Information Submitted by Audree Ayres, Eau Claire


 

Carrol C. Booth Receives Silver Star Medal Award

Carrol C. Booth, son of Mr. And Mrs. Clarence Booth, has recently received the Silver Star award to him by the Commanding General, Thirty-second Infantry Division for gallantry in action in the Southwest Theater of Operations.

Carroll who could make a choice as to the presentation of this medal, either at a public gathering or among invited guests in his home or by registered mail, modestly chose the later.

Tech. Sgt. Booth returned to the states in February 1945 and received his honorable discharge at Fort Sheridan May 12, 1945. Entering the service he enlisted at Menomonie on October 15, 1940 in the National Guard Infantry.

Overseas he served two years and nine months in the New Guinea Papuan and Philippine campaigns. He was wounded in action near Buna, New Guinea.

Among his other awards are the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge and Distinguished Unit Badge. The letter and citation reads as follows:

18 April, 1946

Dear Mr. Booth:

I have the honor to inform you that by direction of the President, the silver Star has been awarded to you by the Commanding General, 32nd Division.

The citation is as follows:

“For gallantry in action near **, on 13 July, 1944. Sergeant Booth led his platoon across a creek, and there, under heavy enemy machine gun fire, reformed his men in a skirmish line. He then led his platoon in a series of rushes against fixed enemy positions in the face of heavy fire. He himself killed three of the enemy with his submachine gun. Sergeant Booth's courageous and inspiring leadership contributed materially to the success of the attack.

The decoration will be forwarded to the Commanding General, Sixth Service Command, Chicago, Ill., who will select an officer to make the presentation. The officer selected will communicate with you concerning your wishes in the matter.

Sincerely yours,
Edward F. Witsell
Major General
The Adjutant General

Carol Booth has re-enlisted. Having passed his examination and retained his former rating of Tech. Sergeant, he has been placed in the Fifth Infantry. Hi left Tuesday morning for a camp in Kentucky where he will be stationed for the present.

Technical Sgt. Carroll C. Booth, who has spent a 21-day furlough at the home of his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Clarence Booth, left Wednesday for Miami Beach, Fla., for a rest period and re-assignment. Sgt. Booth came home from the Southwest Pacific on a rotation plan furlough. He was awarded the Silver Star, a Presidential Citation for gallantry in action near New Guinea on July 13, 1944. He was also awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received.



T/SGT. CARROL C. BOOTH RECEIVES SILVER STAR AWARD

Technical Sergeant Carroll C. Booth, Infantry, U.S. Arnyc has been awarded the Silver Str, a Presidential citation, for gallantry in action near New Guinea, on July 13, 1944. Sgt Booth led his platoon across a cree, and there, under heavy enemy machine gun fire reformed his men in a skirmish line. He then led his platoon in a series of rushes against fixed enemy positions in the face of heavy fire. He himself killed three of the enemy with his submachine gun. Sgt. Booth's courageous and inspiring leadership contributed materially to the success of the attack.


CARROL BOOTH WRITES TO THE HOME FOLKS

New Guinea
Jan. 14, 1943

Dear Folks:

Well, I guess I will drip you one of my notes again, I guess it wouldn't be right to call them letters as there is so little in them.

Suppose you know we have been in combat, but now are back in a rest area. I've seen a few dog fights. It's quite a thrill to see the Zeros peel off and go down in flames. It seems to happen to them much more often than to our planes.

There isn't much more to write about as far as “shop” is concerned.

There's a large group of natives just passing by. Seems to be composed mostly of women. They carry some terribly big loads. They have a net that sort of fits over their head and forms a bag on their back. This bag is filled with fruit and cocoa nuts and the weight is all carried on their head. There's a few men who always go along on these parties to keep the women moving. They usually have a little naked baby astride their neck. Thats about all they carry. Some of the men have on sock on or a shoe or maybe a cartridge belt they've picked up some where. It's quite amusing to watch them There are some pitiful things to see, too. There;s a little bridge over a small gully here. It is not very sturdy and has a lot of holes in it. An old man with a stick has just felt his way across. He must be blind from the way he taps his way forward. One native woman was afraid to cross the bridge so she waded across. Some of the little kids, only big enough to walk it seems, cross this bridge faster than I dare myself.

Hope everyone at home is okay as I am. Must sign off now,
Love, CARROLL

P.S. Have been promoted to Staff Sergeant.