S2c Harold Dwayne Webster

Unknown Sailor

S2c Harold Dwayne Webster

A park in Loveland, Colorado north of Denver is named in memory of Dwayne Webster, the first local man killed in World War II.

He was a seaman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona and had been in the Navy a year when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Harold Dwayne Webster was a senior at Loveland High School when he quit to enlist. He was still 17 and had to obtain the permission of his reluctant father, Bryan. At school, Dwayne wrestled and participated in the Future Farmers of America.

He was born in Loveland, population approaching 5,500, on Oct. 31, 1923. His father was a foreman at a sugar factory and his mother, Edna Honeycutt Webster, a homemaker.

Dwayne was honored at a memorial service in February 1942 at the First Baptist Church in Loveland.


Sources: the Fort Collins (Colorado) Coloradoan; the Arizona State Archives; the Loveland (Colorado) Herald Reporter; city of Loveland; Census; Navy muster roll. Photo from the Arizona State Library Archive. 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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