Unknown Sailor

S1c Arthur Lee Coulter

Arthur Lee Coulter was born Oct. 29, 1916 in Jefferson, Oklahoma about 100 miles north of Oklahoma City to Thomas Coulter, a farmer, and Mabel Tedford Coulter, a homemaker.

The 1940 Census identified him as a grocery store clerk in Jefferson, population 229. It said he had completed four years of high school.

Mr. Coulter enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 9, 1940. He was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

The local American Legion post organized a memorial service in February 1942 at the Methodist Church.

His body was one of the few recovered from the battleship. He is buried near his parents at Hawley Cemetery in Grant County about 8 miles northeast of Jefferson.

Sources: The Waukita (Oklahoma) Herald; The Daily Oklahoman of Oklahoma City; Census; grave markers; Navy muster roll. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.
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