S1c Paul Eugene Shiley


S1c Paul Eugene Shiley

Paul Eugene Shiley was the eldest of seven children.

He was born June 3, 1922 in Wiconisco, Pennsylvania, a small village about 25 miles northeast of Harrisburg, to Lester Shiley, a coal miner, and Minnie Shiley, a homemaker.

As with most families during the Depression, times were tough for the Shileys. Lester Shiley worked 30 weeks in 1939 and earned $450 – about $9,500 in 2022 dollars –  to support a household of nine.

Paul Eugene enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 16, 1940, and 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.

Sources:The Evening News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Census: Navy muster roll; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania World War II Veterans’ Compensation Bureau. 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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