Louis Edward Cremeens served in both the Army and the Navy.
He was born in Dec. 13, 1917 in New Madrid County in the boot heel of Missouri. His father, Stephen Cremeens, was a laborer at a stove factory, and his mother, Edith Malone Cremeens, a homemaker.
The marriage, which produced three sons, ended in 1924. The father remarried sometime in the 1930s and had three more children. The family lived in Louisiana and then Arizona.
A brief April 1939 news article in the Yuma (Arizona) Sun said son Louis was an Army private serving at Schofield Barracks north of Pearl Harbor. His name also appears on a 1937 ship manifest showing him in the Army and arriving in Hawaii.
By the spring of 1940 Census, Louis was living with his family in Yuma. He was a laborer for a retail bottling company for 16 weeks in 1939 and earned $160.
Mr. Cremeens enlisted in the Navy on June 6, 1940. He was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
At least one half-brother, Roy, served 26 years in the Air Force.
Sources: the Yuma (Arizona) Sun; The Weekly Record of New Madrid, Missouri; Roy Cremeens obituary; Census; Navy muster roll; Army transport manifest. Ancestry.com photo shared by Brenda Farmer. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.