S1c Elwood Henry Maris

Unknown Sailor

S1c Elwood Henry Maris

Elwood Henry Maris was born March 24, 1922 in Brazoria County, Texas south of Houston,  the only son of  Earl Maris, a railroad agent, and Vera Turk Maris, a homemaker.

He graduated from West Columbia High School in 1940 and enlisted in the Navy that June.

He was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

A memorial service paid tribute to Mr. Maris at First Baptist Church in West Columbia in March 1942.

The Navy Mothers Club of Brazoria County was named in memory of Mr. Maris and Jesse Silvey, another local man killed on the Arizona.


Sources: The Freeport (Texas) Facts; Texas birth certificate; Navy muster roll; Census. 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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