S2c Darrell Robert Howe,


S2c Darrell Robert Howe

Darrell Robert Howe had been in the Navy seven months when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

He was born Feb. 21, 1923 in Oregon to Laura Gwynn Howe, a homemaker, and Albert Howe, a game warden and later a barber. 

The son, known as Dude, spent a year as a cook with the Civilian Conservation Corps, a Depression-era federal jobs program. The 1940 Census, conducted just before he enlisted, said he was living in Sweet Home in west-central Oregon between Salem and Eugene, and had completed two years of high school.

His brother, Walter, also served in the Navy during World War II.

Darrell Howe was a seaman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he died.


Sources: the Corvallis (Oregon) Gazette-Times; The Capital Journal of Salem, Oregon; Census; Navy muster roll; Veterans Administration. 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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