COX Charles Jr. Yeats


COX Charles Jr. Yeats

Charles Yeats Jr. was born Sept. 2, 1921 in Warren County, Ohio between Dayton and Cincinnati. HIs mother, Laura Gray Yeats, was a homemaker, and his father, Charles Yeats, a machinist for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. Charles Jr. was the youngest of eight children.

The boy was still age one when his father was electrocuted in June 1923. His clothing was damp from perspiration and came in contact with wire from a light at the railroad’s carpentry shop in Covington, Kentucky south of Cincinnati.

His mother married Walter Hamilton in 1925. The 1930 Census showed young Charles living with his step-father, mother, and three siblings in Washington Township, Lucas County, Ohio north of Toledo and a few miles south of the Michigan border.

At some point Charles lived in Detroit and then for three years with an older sister, Alma Miller, in Dayton.

Their mother died in Dayton in January 1940 of coronary thrombosis. Charles enlisted in the Navy two months later.

He was a coxswain and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

His brother George served in the Marine Corps during World War II.


Sources: The Journal Herald of Dayton, Ohio; the Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer; The Salem (Ohio) News; Ohio birth index; Ohio death certificates; Census; grave marker. Photograph courtesy of relative S. Tobias. 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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