First Sergeant Carrol Baty served in the United States Army in World War II Service started: 13 Dec 1940 Unit(s): 132 Infantry Regiment: 33rd Infantry Division, Military Police: 9th Service Command Service ended: 15 Oct 1945
Carrol Baty was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal with 4 knot device.
Carrol Baty was awarded the American Defense Service Medal.
Carrol Baty was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.
Carrol Baty was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.
Carrol Dale Baty was born to a farming family in Newton, Iowa. He was the eldest of 12 children of Leroy and Lola (Hitchler) Baty. Carrol enlisted in the Illinois National Guard in 1940 and was called to active duty in early 1941. He trained for war service at Camp Forrest Tennessee, near present day Tullahoma. It was there that he met his wife, Virgie Ella Ulmer, also of Tullahoma. His regiment was sent to the front and he was in the first flotilla sent to defend Australia from Japanese invasion. He was later injured in New Caledonia and returned to the United States. After recovery, he served the remainder of the war as a Military Police First Sergeant in Salt Lake City, Utah. Virgie joined him in Salt Lake City and the two were married. Two sons were born in Utah and the family migrated to Los Angeles after the war. Carrol and Virgie had four sons and one daughter. Carrol retired to Phoenix Arizona where he died in 2017, 3 months before turning 100 years old.
Carrol was born on 26 April 1917 in Newton, Iowa to parents Leroy Newton Baty and Lola (Hitchler) Baty.
Carrol's given name was originally spelled Carroll. After he had enlisted in the National Guard it was required that he produce his birth certificate. However, he had never had a birth certificate. He wrote home to his mother in Iowa and she obtained his elementary school records and an affidavit from the school. She submitted his records and applied for a delayed birth record. When the birth certificate was issued the second 'l' was omitted and from then on, his name was "Carrol."
US Army service - World War II
Carrol met and courted Virgie Ella Ulmer while he was stationed in Tennessee just before the outbreak of World War II. When he returned from war service in the Pacific Theater, he was assigned to the 9th Service Comand, Military Police in Salt Late City, Utah. Carrol wrote to Virgie and proposed marriage and she later came by train to Utah. The two were married and migrated to Los Angeles after the war.
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Residence and timeline
1920 - Newton, Jasper County, Iowa (US Federal Census)
1925 - Mariposa, Jasper County, Iowa (Iowa State Census)
1930 - Mound Prairie, Jasper County, Iowa (US Federal Census)
Death and burial
Carrol's obituary (in part) reads:
Carrol Dale Baty, 99, went home to be with Our Lord on January 14, 2017.
Carrol was born April 26, 1917 in Newton, Iowa. Carrol was the oldest son of Lola and Roy Baty of Newton, Iowa. He has 10 sisters, Rosemond, Lorraine, Mariam, Elda, Doris, Winona, Pauline, Faith, Dena, Junella and one brother, John.
He attended Buddington Memorial Bible School in Chicago, Illinois until age 22. He worked as a busboy at Marshall Fields until he joined the U.S. Army at age 23. He enlisted on December 13, 1940 and served until October 15, 1945. He held the rank of First Sergeant Military Police of the 9th Service command out of Fort Douglas, Utah.
He met* and [later] married Virgie E. Ulmer on December 20, 1942.** The couple moved to Los Angeles, California where he was honorably discharged from the Army. He worked in the stockroom and finally became manager of the Rexall Drug store in the East Los Angeles. The couple eventually divorced and he ... [moved to] Phoenix, Arizona where he worked as a handy man to the other residents in the retirement facility he resided in until his death.
Carrol is survived by three sisters, Doris, Winona, and Junella; one brother, John; and five children, Roy, Scott, Donald, Carrolyn, and Cloren. Carrol has grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Green Acres Mortuary on January 23, 2017 at Green Acres Mortuary beginning at 1 pm.
* Note: Carrol and Virgie met in Tennessee; Carrol was stationed at Camp Forrest near Tullahoma, Tennessee where Virgie and her family lived.
** Note: The obituary lists the year of marriage as 1945 in error.
↑ 1925 Iowa State Census: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest. Accessed 20 December 2019 by SJ Baty at Ancestry. Ancestry shared record.
↑ 1930 US Federal Census; Census Place: Mound Prairie, Jasper, Iowa; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0020; FHL microfilm: 2340395. Accessed 20 December 2019 by SJ Baty at Ancestry. Ancestry shared record.
↑ "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K85G-S3Q : 5 December 2014), Carrol D Baty, enlisted 05 Mar 1941, Chicago, Illinois, United
States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 126323, National
Archives at College Park, Maryland.
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