On April 18, 1945, 18-year-old Wesley Carroll stood with the other recruits in line for the 120-foot high dive at the Great Lakes Naval Station in northern Illinois. As he neared the ladder, a man from the master-at-arms’ office approached. He pulled Carroll out of line and told him he was needed at once in the main office.
Carroll gathered his things and followed. As they crossed the drill field, Carroll asked the officer, “Well, what the hell kind of trouble am I in?”
“You’re not in any trouble,” the man said. “Your dad got killed.”