PVT Marvin Austin Hughes,

Unknown Sailor

PVT Marvin Austin Hughes

Marvin Austin Hughes was born Sept. 14, 1921 in Houston, Texas to Arthur Hughes, a carpenter, and Fannie Hall Hughes, a homemaker.

The son enlisted in the Marines on March 18, 1941, and was killed eight months later in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a private on the U.S.S. Arizona.

Mr. Hughes was a member of the Arizona’s whale boat team, which was runner-up in the Pacific fleet championships in the fall of 1941.

An older brother, Charles, served in the Army during World War II.


Sources: the Houston Post; Marine muster rolls; Texas birth certificate; grave marker. Marine photo. 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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