Military Veterans

Celebration of Freedom panel

Carl D. Compton

Date of Birth

22 May 1920

Brick Location

Liberty Side

Panel Number



Seaman 1st Class Carl Compton served 2 years in the U. S. Navy during World War II.  

His ship was the USS Mayo.

USS Mayo DD 422 was the second ship of the World War II era Benson-Gleaves class, which totalled some 96 destroyers.

     Built at Bethlehem Steel's Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, MA, MAYO was one of the first ships to enter action in the early 1940's with her sister ships of DESRON 7. 

     Named for the 
Commander-in-Chief of the US Atlantic Fleet during World War I, the "Mighty Mayo" served the US Navy actively from 18 September 1940 through 18 March 1946. Through this time frame, DD422 and her crew were awarded Two Battle Stars for action at Salerno and Anzio, Italy for outstanding fire support missions. Prior to engagements with German tanks and aircraft during the Invasion of Italy, MAYO supported convoy runs to and from Europe on a almost continual basis from the early months of 1941 through 1945. Firing on German U-boats and supporting the landing of Marines on Iceland in pre-Pearl Harbor 1941 were stressful and risky duties. 


Mayo Stands by burning Wakefield
MAYO seen standing by burning transport, WAKEFIELD,
in the North Atlantic, Sept, 1942.

     With the Battle of the Atlantic won by early 1945, Mayo and her sister ships of DESRON 7 headed for the Pacific. 
The famous "Tank Buster" of Salerno was now nicknamed the Mayo Maru  and almost immediately began escorting transports and materials to Okinawa for a possible invasion of Japan.

DesRon 7
In December 1940, the squadron was reformed at Newport, Rhode Island and until the end of the European War was actively engaged in escort duties throughout the Atlantic and Mediterranean Theaters. In May 1945, the squadron was reformed at San Diego, California and operated with the Pacific Fleet for the remainder of World War II.

     With final victory over Japan in August 1945, MAYO and her sister ships escorted troop transports to Tokyo Bay, Japan for occupation of that country. Arriving early on 2 Sept, 1945, United States Ship MAYO passed and anchored within Tokyo Bay in view of USS MISSOURI for the Surrender Ceremony of Japan. It had been a long, hard fight from 1941 to 1945 for this ship and her crew. It was with great pride that the "Mayo Maru" was honored as a participant in the Surrender Ceremony thus ending World War II.


U.S. Navy


Seaman 1st Class


World War II—2 years


USS Mayo