Oklahoma Casualties Database

U.S.S. Oklahoma

Mitchell, Wallace

My brother, Wallace G. Mitchell, age 19, was on the USS Oklahoma Dec. 7, 1941, and was killed. His death was devastation for my family that lasted until the day my parents died, and still is for me. I was barely a teenager, but I still remember in every detail the day we received the telegram. They didn't send out members of the service then to break the news. Just a guy from Western Union with a sheet of paper to end your world!

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