Unknown Sailor

S1c Billy Murl Collins

Billy Murl Collins was born Sept. 4, 1921 at Glendale, Arizona. His mother, Lona Brooks Collins, was a homemaker and his father, Oscar Collins, a rancher.

A daughter was born in February 1924 and sometime between then and 1930 the family moved to Barstow, California, where the father took a job as a stationary engineer for a steam railroad.

Billy enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 10, 1939, and 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.

His father served in the military during World War I.

Sources: Cornwell Colonial Chapel web site; Census; Navy muster roll; Arizona birth records; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs death file. 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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