PHM2c Alvin E. Fallis,
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PHM2c Alvin E. Fallis
Alvin E. Fallis was born Jan. 3, 1916 in Arkinda, Arkansas, now defunct but then a community of about 600 in the southwest corner of the state. His father, Alvin Eustance Fallis, was a farmer and postmaster and his mother, Lillian Jones Fallis, a homemaker.
The son is a “Jr.” in the 1920 and 1930 census, but in Navy records he says his middle initial is just an initial, so he is never identified as a junior.
The family sold their farm in June 1919, with the father telling a newspaper that he intended “to go where from three to five stalks of corn will grow to each hill.”
By the time of the 1930 Census the family lived about an hour west in White, Oklahoma, where they continued to farm.
The son was 17 when he married Louise Haney in Arkansas. He worked at Baptist State Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, before enlisting in the Navy on Aug. 17, 1937. He was an honor man of his class at the Navy Hospital Corps training school in San Diego.Mr. Fallis was a pharmacist’s mate and petty officer second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.
Sources: the Daily Arkansas Gazette of Little Rock; the Ashdown Little River News of Arkansas; U.S. Veterans Administration; Arkansas marriage index; Census; Navy muster rolls. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.