S1c Raymond Wesley Garlington,

Unknown Sailor

S1c Raymond Wesley Garlington

Raymond Wesley Garlington was born April 9, 1920 in Big Spring, Texas to George Garlington, a farmer, and Alma O’Brien Garlington, a homemaker.

The family lived for many years in and around Wichita Falls about 110 miles northwest of Fort Worth. The parents operated a grocery in nearby City View in the 1930s. The Electra High yearbook showed Raymond as a freshman in 1937 and a member of the band the next year.

The parents and some of their 11 children moved to California in about 1940 and lived in El Cerrito and Albany.

Raymond enlisted in the Navy in November 1940. 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.


Sources: the Oakland (California) Tribune; The Wichita Daily Times of Wichita Falls, Texas; Texas birth certificate; Navy muster roll. 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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