S2c Clarence Arthur Walters

Unknown Sailor

S2c Clarence Arthur Walters

Clarence Arthur Walters was born in Riverside County, California on Sept. 20, 1922 to Phillip Walters and Nora Brown Walters.

His father worked on a dairy farm and his mother was a homemaker.

In early 1930 the family lived in Colton, population 8,014, a suburb west of San Bernardino. The next year they moved to fast-growing Madera County, California 15 miles northwest of Fresno and less than 10 miles southeast of the county seat, Madera. The county population increased 38 percent from 1930 to 1940 – from 17,164 residents to 23,314.

The 1940 Census said the father was a farm foreman and Clarence Walters had completed the 8th grade and worked 26 weeks in 1939 on a farm, earning $325. The 2022 equivalent would be about $6,300.

He enlisted in the Navy on June 21, 1941, and was killed less than six months later in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. He was a seaman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona.

At least two of his brothers, Phillip Jr. and Glenn, served in the Army — Phillip in World War II and Glenn in Korea.


Sources: Madera (California) Tribune; Tulare (California) Advance-Register; California birth index; Census; Navy muster roll; application for military headstone or marker. 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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