GM3c Malcolm Hedrick Leigh

Unknown Sailor

GM3c Malcolm Hedrick Leigh

Malcolm Hedrick Leigh was born March, 31, 1920 in Franklin County, North Carolina northeast of Raleigh. His mother, Daisy Evans Leigh, was a homemaker and his father, Otie Leigh, a farm manager.

Malcolm, an only child, was 14 when his mother died of an undetermined cause.

Young Mr. Leigh enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 29, 1939. He was a gunner’s mate and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Dec. 7, 1941.

His body was recovered and buried in Hawaii during the war. It was returned to North Carolina in 1947 and Mr. Leigh was buried with military honors at Oakwood Cemetery in Louisburg, the county seat.


Sources: The News and Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina; application for military headstone or marker; North Carolina death certificate; Census. 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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