CWTP Norman Bragg Woolf

Unknown Sailor

CWTP Norman Bragg Woolf

Norman Bragg Woolf was born July 18, 1912 in Marengo County in west-central Alabama. His mother, Mary Poellnitz Woolf, was a homemaker and his father, Thomas Bragg Woolf, a farmer.

The boy was seven when his father, known as Bragg, died of pneumonia in January 1920, leaving his widow with Norman and two younger sons.

It isn’t clear when Norman first enlisted in the Navy, but he was aboard the U.S.S. Arizona starting in March 1931. He was a watertender and chief petty officer when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Mr. Woolf was a member of Elks Lodge 616 in Honolulu.

At least one of his brothers, Charles, served in the Army during World War II.


Sources: The Democrat-Reporter of Linden, Alabama; Census; Navy muster roll; grave markers; Anita Manning, historian for Elks Lodge 616.  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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