CGMA Orville Adalbert Isham,

Unknown Sailor

CGMA Orville Adalbert Isham

Orville Adalbert Isham had been in the Navy about 10 years when he was killed on the U.S.S. Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

He was a gunner’s mate and chief petty officer on the ship.

Mr. Isham was born Nov. 11, 1911 in Oklahoma, but his family moved before 1930 to Oregon, where he attended the school in Dorena south of Eugene. He was elected sophomore class president. In his senior year, 1930, he performed in the play “Wake Up, Nora.”

His father, John, was a farmer and later a firefighter, and his mother, Alice, a homemaker.

In 1935 Mr. Isham married Alice Agnes Wickenberg in Los Angeles. She and their son survived him.


Sources: The Eugene (Oregon) Register Guard; Census, Los Angeles marriage index; Veterans Administration. 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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