Tuberculosis killed both of Cecil Thomas Crowe’s parents by the time he was eight.
His mother, Lela Chaney Crowe, a homemaker, died first in April 1920. Cecil was four and his sister, Juanita, was 10 months old.
Their father, Lennie Crowe, an agent for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, remarried in 1922 to a woman who had two children of her own. He died in April 1924.
By the time of the 1930 Census, Cecil and Juanita were living at the Masonic Widows & Orphans Home in Louisville, Kentucky.
Cecil Crowe, born Sept. 5, 1915, was 20 when he enlisted in the Navy on Dec. 17, 1935. He was a gunner’s mate and petty officer second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.
His sister died in 2016 at age 96.
Sources: the Marshall County (Kentucky) Daily; Kentucky birth index; Census; Navy muster roll; Kentucky and North Carolina death certificates.