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.