Major General Carroll H. Deitrick was born in Watsontown, Pennsylvania on April 11, 1898.
General Deitrick began his career as an assistant Ordnance Officer with the Hawaiian Ordnance Depot in the 1920s, and first came to Aberdeen Proving Ground as an assistant proof officer in 1930. Tours of duty with the Supply Division in the old Office Chief of Ordnance, as Commander of the Ogden Ordnance Depot in Utah, and at Picatinny Arsenal followed in the next decade.
During World War II, he held important staff positions in Washington, and during the period from November 1944 until May 1945, was Chief Ammunition Officer and Deputy to the Chief Ordnance Officer in the European Theater of Operations.
In Europe, he performed an essential service by determining Army ammunition requirements, convincing the War Department of these needs, and expediting shipment of the ammunition from U.S. production plants to the front lines.
In the post-war period, he also served as Chief of the Cincinnati Ordnance District and as Chief of the Inspection Branch and Executive Officer, Office Chief of Ordnance. He subsequently served tours as Commanding General of Watertown Arsenal and the Tank-Automotive Center in Detroit.
His final assignment was that of Commanding General of Aberdeen Proving Ground during the years 1956 to 1958. General Deitrick retired in 1958 and died in 1973.