David William Bartlett USMC USS Arizona

CPL David William Bartlett

David William Bartlett was killed on his 26th birthday in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

He was a Marine Corps corporal aboard the U.S.S. Arizona.

Mr. Barlett was born in Utah to James Bartlett, a teamster at a dairy, and Elva Turner Bartlett, a homemaker. The family was living in Los Angeles by 1924.

The son enlisted in the Marines in March 1940. He married Marjorie Woods that Oct. 13 in Yuma, Arizona, during an 18-day stretch in which the Arizona was at its home port at San Pedro, California. Yuma was a popular place for military men to marry in those days because, unlike California, Arizona had no waiting period between taking out a license and getting married.

David William Bartlett Whale Team USS Arizona

Mr. Bartlett was a member of the Arizona’s whale boat team, which was runner-up in the Pacific fleet championships in the fall of 1941. Only 2 of the 13 team members above survived the attack.

His body is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

David William Bartlett



Sources: Census; Arizona marriage license; Whale boat member Russell J. McCurdy; 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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