Unknown Sailor

CM3c Harley Wade Craft

Harley Wade Craft was born Nov. 13, 1918 near Wendling, Oregon. His father, Lee Craft, worked at a lumber mill and his mother, Reta Mae Craft, was a homemaker.

His parents divorced and by 1930 the boy was living with his mother and stepfather in Portland, Oregon.

He enlisted in the Navy on May 18, 1938, and was a carpenter’s mate and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Mr. Craft was survived by his widow, Florence Moses Craft. They married in January 1941 while the ship was being repaired at the Puget Sound Navy Yard in Washington state.

Sources: The Eugene (Oregon) Guard; the Corvallis (Oregon) Gazette-Times; Census; Navy muster roll; Washington marriage record. 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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