Oklahoma Casualties Database

U.S.S. Oklahoma

Pirtle, Gerald Homer

I was a boyhood friend of Gerald Pirtle who went down with that ship on Pearl Harbor Day. He and I lived in El Dorado, Kansas and went to school together. I believe he did not finish high school but went to Great Lakes in the summer of 1939 or 1940.

Newspaper Article-

EL DORADOAN IS MISSING IN WAR

Navy Makes Report On Gerald Homer Pirtle Stationed In Far East

Gerald Homer Pirtle, aged 19 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Pirtle, 316 North Taylor Street, is the first Butler County man to be reported missing in the war in the Far East. Mr. and Mrs. Pirtle were informed yesterday morning in a telegram from the United States Navy Department that their son was missing. The telegram follows:

"The Navy Department display regrets to inform you that your son Gerald Homer Pirtle, fireman, first class, United States Navy, is missing following action in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country. The department appreciates your great anxiety and will furnish you farther information promptly when received."

The telegram was signed by Rear Admiral Randle Jacobs, chief of the Bureau of Information.

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