Carl D. Compton
Date of Birth
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. 61 YEARS AGO
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.
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.
61 YEARS AGO
Seaman 1st Class
World War II—2 years