F1c Lewis Meyer King,
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F1c Lewis Meyer King
Lewis Meyer King was born April 29, 1921 at Knightdale in central North Carolina. His mother, Arcadia Dupree King, was a homemaker and his father, Arthur King, a section foreman for the Norfolk & Western Railway.
Lewis, the oldest of four children, attended school in Knightdale, a town of about 350. He enlisted in the Navy on Sept. 12, 1939.
Mr. King was a fireman 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 honored Mr. King at the Knightdale Baptist Church in February 1942. American Legion Post 529 was named in his honor.
Sources: The News and Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina; photo from website of the town of Knightdale, N.C.; Census; Navy muster roll; Department of Defense. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.