Bill Eugene Embrey was killed on his 20th birthday.
He was a fireman third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.
Mr. Embrey was born in Colorado to Stephen Embrey and Sallie Johnson Embrey. By the time of the 1930 Census, the family had moved to Hanford, California, where the father was a farm laborer.
The son attended King City High School and enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 9, 1940.
VFW Post 6848 in Soledad, California, was named in his memory and that of two other veterans. At least two of his brothers were Marines in World War II and survived the war.
Sources: the Salinas (California) Morning Post; the Californian of Salinas; Census; Navy muster rolls; U.S. Defense Department. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.