Unknown Sailor

SGT Charles Warren Cole

Charles Warren Cole was born on March 5, 1920 at Norden in Snohomish County, Washington north-northwest of Seattle. His mother, Martha Knudson Cole, was a homemaker and his father Ezra Cole a farmer.

Charles left Norden, population 287, to enlist in the Marines on Jan. 1, 1939. He was a sergeant on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

There is a cenotaph for Mr. Cole at the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in the city of Snohomish. He shares the marker with his older brother, Elmer, who was 16 when he died in 1927.

Their youngest brother, Merrill, also served in the Marines during World War II.

Sources: Marines muster roll; Census; Washington birth records, cenotaph and grave markers. Marine 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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