Oklahoma Casualties Database

World War II


Seaman, First Class, U. S. Merchant Marine. Home address: Tulsa, Tulsa County. Mrs. Viola Carson, Mother, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Born May 27, 1902. Enlisted fall of 1941. Decoration: Mariner's Medal. Attended public school at Claremore, Oklahoma. As youth served as Cabin Boy in the Merchant Marine, in the Atlantic; later entered the U. S. Marine Corps and then the U. S. Army Air Corps, returning from duty in Honolulu in 1922. In 1927, he joined the Merchant Marine where he served for a period. Died March 13, 1942, in line of duty aboard the U.S.S. Muskogee lost by enemy action in the waters near the British West Indies.

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