Carroll Brothers
Out of 6 brothers who fought in the war only John "Jack" Carroll did not return.
It is his gravesite Camille tends to the rest of her life.


Worse than death, is to be forgotten...So that this never happens to those to whom we owe so much, the association "Les Fleurs de la Memoire". ( Flowers of remembrance ), came to life. It happened on December 15, 2000, in Saint Lo, a city which, after the June 6, 1944, bombing raids, was called the Capital of Ruins.


 Since that day, along with our members, we have paved the way along memory's roads. These paths of memory lead to the American military cemeteries where those, swept along by the Star Spangled banner, listening only to their courage, came to offer their life, so that we could reclaim our freedom.

At the core of Les Fleurs de la Memoire, the 720 members, put aside their differences, religious beliefs, and their origins, share the same gratitude towards the GI's who repose at Colleville-sur-Mer or Saint James.

Together, on Memorial Day or individually on any other day of the year, we come to meditate, in silence, or in prayer. Then, in an affectionate gesture, as would a godparent for their godchild, allowing the heart to speak, we place flowers at the base of the headstone.

It is not uncommon to see grandparents, at times moved to tears, accompanied by their children and grand children moving along the rows on the way to find "the" grave.

Once at the gravesite, their heads filled with images.... All listen, all meditate.

Is it the sound of the breeze ?… Rather, isn't it the sound of the souls, the living memory of the dead speaking to our subconscious ?… Then the terrible sounds of combat invade the mind...those unbearable sounds of bombs which explode.. the whining cry of diving planes...the agonizing cries of the suffering. All the horrors of war assault our memories

Finding the spirit of those who died for that we may live in a better world, kneeling in front of the headstone, placing these flowers, is this not a profound appeal for peace?

That is, I believe, what each person feels when coming to execute their pledge towards our association, "Les Fleurs de la Memoire". A Humble pledge always accomplished with the infallible faith and immense fraternity with those whom we honor. It is true we have so much to say to you who sleep forever in our Normandy soil. Yes, so many things, which however must be resumed in one word: "Merci." Yes, "Thank You. Always!"

Claude Lavieille
Président de l'association
Les Fleurs de la Mémoire

Sent: Sun 12/25/2011 1:10 PM

Dear Mister Speer,
Thank you for your message!
John "Jack" Matthew Carroll was born in Philadelphia, PA, on 12th June 1923. Jack had Irish origins. His father was Raymond T Carroll, he was born in 1892  and he died on 2nd October 1942. His mother was Elsie Carroll, she was born in 1985. Jack had five brothers. All the Carroll brothers faught during the war but only Jack did not return at
home : Raymond "Ray" Joseph Carroll born on 26th February 1919. He served in Europe in Army. Then he served in Navy during 20 years! Robert "Bob" George Carroll was
born on 7th April 1922. He served in Navy somewhere in the Atlantic. Edward "Eddie" Thomas Carroll was born in 20th June 1924. He served in Navy somewhere in the Pacific. James "Jim" Reynolds Carroll was born in 4th January 1926. He served in Navy somewhere in the Pacific on the U.S.S. Coffman. Richard "Dick" Norman Carroll was born in 4th November 1927. He served in the Coast Guards. He was 17 years old ! All the Carroll brothers were members of the Lighthouse Club in Philadelphia. The six brothers were educated and increased in Philadelphia. After the war the Jack's brothers returned to live in Philadelphia, except Raymond. During the war, Elsie was worried because her boys were far from the house, but, she was very proud of them. Today all the Carroll brothers are deceased but their children and their young-children take care of their graves.
Pfc John M Carroll was enlisted on 15th February 1943 in Philadelphia. He was in the 30th U.S. division, 119th infantry regiment, 1st BN, Charlie Company. He was single and catholic. Jack was at the high school during two years. He worked in a factory in Philadelphia. On 17th July 1944, Jack was missing in action. He was killed in action on 18th July 1944 (area : Pont Hebert).

The association assigned to me the Jack's grave. I visit his grave several time a year to put flowers. I have the duty to take care of his grave all my life ! The members of the association are volunteers. We give a contribution to become member of the association. The members of the association are French or Austrian, Belgian.....
Thanks to and a kind mister I found the Jack's family. We correspond together.


Merry Christmas and Happy new year !
Camille Vauclin.


Sent: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 21:16:48 -0500


Dear Camille,

I tried to follow your quest for information concerning Pfc. Carroll and found some answers at "rootsweb" where you had posted your search for information about him or relatives of Carroll. It looked like the outcome was rewarding. Can you share a little more with me (what you found out) that I might post on the web site?

Another thing that warmed my heart when I first heard from you is what you do to care for his gravesite. People do care about others and this was a wonderful thing to hear about.

Would you take the time one day to share with me just how the care of fallen soldiers gravesites takes place... is it voluntary, etc. I would love to publish this also if you would allow.

Sincerely and Merry Christmas

Steve Speer


Email sent: Mon 3/7/2011 3:19 PM


I am Camille Vauclin. I am seventeen years old and live in France, Normandy. I write to you because I am a member of the association "Les Fleurs De La Memoire" and I a sponsoring the grave of Pfc John M. Carroll. I must take care of his grave all my life. I would like to find more information's about him and I would like to find a photo of him too. Can you help me please?

Camille Vauclin

Pfc John M. Carroll
Born in 1923 - Philadelphia
30TH Division - 119TH Infantry Regiment
Army Serial Number: 33584940
Date of Enlistment: 15/02/1943
Nativity Pennsylvania
Race and Citizenship: White Citizen, American
Education: 2 years of High School
Marital Statut: Single
Family: Margaret Carroll (sister)
William Carroll ()father) Born in 1892 in Scotland
Mary Carroll (mother) Born in 1895 in Scotland


Subject: Re: [CARROLL] Pfc John M Carroll, 30th Inf DI, 119th Inf Regiment,1st BN, C co.
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 18:11:12 -0000
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Hi, Camille,

You are just wonderful, I hope we can help you.

Your info certainly reflects good research on your part, it includes the US 1930 census and well beyond! I went through our social security death index and there's a good chance the brothers Richard, Edward and maybe James are still living, the others look to have passed. We have to hope they sort of stayed in Philadelphia or else we unrelated people probably won't be able to find them. people search shows four Richards living in Philadelphia (there are no doubt more, but that's what shows up). I made calls to them this morning: one got a modem sound, one is disconnected, one I left a message and contact info on, the last answered and said he had also received a call yesterday about the same thing, so somebody else is on the same track trying to help! But it's not his family. shows two Richard Daniels of the right age (he was 2 in the 1930 census, these men are b. 1927 and 1926) who live/lived in Philadelphia. There are phone numbers for the 1926 guy and he's not the right one, I spoke with them this morning.

The other one with the better date does not show phone numbers, but I'm sending you the addresses for him in private email, you might try a letter to them.

Camille, please know that this tremendous act you are doing means the world to all of us here in the US - we all have ties in one way or another to that time and history, so the honor you are paying to this soldier and his family is one we all appreciate as if it were for our own. Thank you so much.

Pam, in California

From: "Lorri"
Subject: Re: [CARROLL] Pfc John M Carroll, 30th Inf DI, 119th Inf Regiment,1st BN, C co.
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 18:33:19 -0400
Pam, I am the one that made the calls in Phila, to help Camille. It seems she has got in contact with a niece of John Carroll, an will receive a  photo. I think this is a wonderful cause, these men should not be
forgotten. I registered on the French site to help others.


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First of all I thank Bob for his support, Take care.
Pam, I thank you for the help which you bring me. A kind mister helped me to find John's family. He found the John's niece. She tell me that all Carroll brothers fought during the war but only John didn't return at their home. She tell me that today, all Carroll brothers and their wife are deceased.
I think it isn't useful to thank me because that's the least we can do for them. I believe there are special and strong ties between the Normans and the Americans and it forever. Thank you again.
Camille Vauclin