Y1c Charles Porter III Fisk,
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Y1c Charles Porter III Fisk
Charles Porter Fisk III was born Oct. 27, 1911 in Hedgesville in central Montana to Agnes Eaman Fisk and Charles Porter Fisk II.
The family moved 110 miles east to Hysham in 1916 and operated a bakery there. They later raised sheep and farmed. In 1930 the town had 258 residents.
Charles III, the eldest of four children and the only son, graduated from Hysham High in 1931.
He moved with his parents and youngest sister to Long Beach, California some time after April 1, 1935. Navy records say the son enlisted on Aug. 6, 1937, though that might be the date of a re-enlistment.
Mr. Fisk was a yeoman and petty officer first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.
There is a cenotaph in his memory at Forsyth Cemetery in Forsyth, Montana about 25 miles east of Hysham. His sister Bessie lived there.
Sources: The Great Falls (Montana) Tribune; The Billings (Montana) Gazette; Census; Navy muster rolls; Montana birth certificate; Stevenson Funeral Home of Forsyth, Montana.This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.