S1c Paul Anthony Evans

Paul Anthony Evans USS Arizona

S1c Paul Anthony Evans

Paul Anthony Evans was born Aug. 22, 1919 in Fillmore, Illinois. His mother, Lydia Understahl Evans, was a homemaker and his father, Morgan Evans Sr., was a house painter and later a farmer.

The son, one of eight children, graduated from the local high school in 1938 and then served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, a Depression-era federal jobs program.

He returned home, but with jobs still hard to find, Mr. Evans left Fillmore, population 458, to enlist in the Navy on Dec. 27, 1939.

He was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars organized a memorial service in his honor at the Fillmore Methodist church in late December.

At least three of his brothers served in World War II — Morgan Jr. in the Navy, and Kenneth and Art in the Army Air Forces.

There is a cenotaph for Paul Evans at Glendale Cemetery in Fillmore.

Sources: The Decatur (Illinois) Herald; the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Illinois; Census; Navy muster rolls. 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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