Unknown Sailor

F2c Earnest Hersea Angle

Earnest Hersea Angle was 18 and a coal miner when he left Meadow Bluff, West Virginia, to enlist in the Navy on Oct. 7, 1940.

He was a fireman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed a little more than a year later in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Mr. Angle was born Feb. 12, 1922. He was the oldest of eight children of Dana Church Angle, a homemaker, and Vessie Angle, also a coal miner.

At least one of his brothers, Ransom, also served in the Navy during World War II. He became a coal-mine electrician.

Sources: the Beckley (West Virginia) Post Herald; the Beckley (West Virginia) Register Herald; Census; Navy muster roll; grave marker; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs death index. Navy 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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