Unknown Sailor

S1c Carl James Estep

Carl James “Jim” Estep was one of nine children of Paris Estep and Alice McAninch Estep.

The father, known as Pat, operated an auto repair shop in Anna, Texas north of Dallas. Jim worked there after his high school graduation in 1939, as did an older brother.

Jim enlisted in the Navy on July 30, 1940, 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.

He was born Feb. 13, 1921, and was a Baptist.

There is a cenotaph for him at Highland Cemetery in Melissa, Texas. His parents are buried there.


Sources: The Howe (Texas) Messenger; the Plano (Texas) Star-Courier; the McKinney (Texas) Weekly Democrat Gazette; Navy muster roll; Census; Veterans Administration. 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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