CMMP Carl Harry Arvidson

Carl Harry Arvidson was born in Sweden on March 31, 1899. He came to the United States in 1903 with his parents, Emilia Hellstrom Arvidson and Gustav Arvidson, and settled in Moline, Illinois. The father worked at an auto factory and the mother was a homemaker.

By the time he completed his military registration card in the fall of 1918, Carl Harry was working as a machinist at the Moline Tool Co. His mother died the next spring.

Muster rolls say he enlisted in the Navy on Dec. 3, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, though it’s possible he re-enlisted on that date.  An undated membership card for a Masonic lodge said he served at the Coco Solo submarine base in the Panama Canal Zone.

Mr. Arvidson went aboard the U.S.S. Arizona in July 1940. He was a machinist’s mate and chief petty officer when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

He was survived by his widow, Corinne, of Bremerton, Washington.

Sources: the Moline (Illinois) Daily Dispatch; The Rock Island (Illinois) Argus; Census; Navy muster rolls; military registration; grave markers; immigration records. Navy photo. 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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