S1c Carl Edwen Estes

Carl Edwen Estes, born Dec. 15, 1920,  was two when his mother, Nannie Overturf Estes, died of typhoid fever at their home in Cherryvale in southeast Kansas.

His father, Glen Estes, an oil refinery employee, remarried about three years later. The family moved to Louisiana and by 1930 was living in Laredo, Texas.

Carl Edwen enlisted in the Navy in August 1940 in Houston. 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.

His brother Floyd also served in the Navy during World War II. He died in a home fire in 1956. Another brother, Henry, served in the Army from September 1942 through July 1945. A younger half-brother, Glen Jr., born in 1928, served in the Army.


Sources: the Corpus Christi (Texas)Caller-Times; the South Kansas Tribune of Independence, Kansas; Census; Navy muster roll; Defense Department; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs death file; Memory Gardens Funeral home in Corpus Christi, Texas. 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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