Unknown Sailor

RM2c Murle Melvin Davis

Murle Melvin Davis and his twin sister, Mabel, were born Jan. 20, 1920, in Newark, Ohio. Their father, Raymond Davis, worked at a stone foundry. Their mother, Louisa Clarridge Davis, was a homemaker.

The son graduated in 1937 from Newark High School, where he took technical and industrial arts classes. The yearbook nicknamed him “Slim” and said: “Not a word he spoke more than there was need.”

Mr. Davis left central Ohio when he enlisted in the Navy on May 3, 1938. He was a radioman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Sources: The Newark (Ohio) Advocate; Census; Navy muster roll; Newark High yearbook; grave marker. Yearbook 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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