S1c Irland Jr. Shores

Unknown Sailor

S1c Irland Jr. Shores

Irland Shores Jr. was born Aug. 26, 1922 in northeast Alabama. His father worked at a sawmill and his mother, Lydia Myers Shores, was a homemaker.

Young Mr. Shores left the community of Georgia Mountain, population 637, in October 1940 to enlist in the Navy. He was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. His body was found Dec. 9 and he is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at the Punchbowl in Honolulu.

A brother, Gance, served in the Navy during World War II and in Korea and Vietnam. A sister, Maxine, served in the Army from June 1944 through August 1947.

Sources: the Huntsville (Alabama) Times; grave marker; Census; Navy muster roll; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs death file; Tennessee death certificate. Note that some sources say Mrs. Shores was Lyda, not Lydia. 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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