Lt. Col Sallie Carroll (Ret) USA started her military career in 1952 joining the United States Air Force, was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and retired from United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1975. Lt. Col. Carroll served in Vietnam April 1971 to April 1972 where she was the Adjutant for Inventory Control Center and received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement during operations against armed enemy of the United States. She was also presented the Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal w/Four Bronze Stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal. She was a pioneer for women becoming vital members of the US Army Marksmanship Unit assigned to the Service Pistol and International Pistol Disciplines. Lt. Col. Carroll won numerous shooting awards on national and international level including the Distinguished Pistol Shooting Medal, Excellence–in-Competition Badge, Pistol w/Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and the US Distinguished International Shooter Medal. She was inducted into the US Army Marksmanship Unit Hall of Fame and the International Pistol Hall of Fame in October 2006. Her fellow comrades distinguished her as a friend, mentor and a woman of a different caliber. She continues to be involved with veterans through her memberships in Vietnam Women Veterans Assn., Women Marine Assn., Women of the Air Force Assn., American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. She was awarded the United Daughters of Confederacy Cross of Military Service for her service in Vietnam on Jan 25, 2014.
Sallie was a wonderful friend to many, a Pioneer and Trail Blazer for our Military Women of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. There are no words that express our love for her and how much she will be missed. Sallie was a true inspiration and mentor to her friends and our Women Veterans especially those she shared her time with at Mary Ellen’s Place.
Sallie stated when she passed people could honor her service to our Nation by sending a donation to Veterans First for Sallie’s Place. Sallie’s Place is named in her honor, upon completion it will enhance and stabilize the lives of our single Women Veterans and their Children.