Unknown Sailor

GM3c Stanley Gordon Enger

Stanley Gordon Enger, known to friends as Tutty, graduated from West High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1937.

His family called him Shadow because he had wanderlust and ran away a few times when he was a boy, his sister Katharine recalled years later.

Mr. Enger enlisted in the Navy in October 1939 and was a gunner’s mate and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

One of nine children, he was born Feb. 4, 1920, in Minneapolis to Carl Enger, a creamery worker, and Hattie Lundquist Enger, a homemaker.

The youngest child, Perry, told a reporter in 1982 that his mother worshipped Stanley and “always said he was the best. Growing up, as kids, we were always singing the Navy song, ‘Anchors Aweigh.’ Mom always cried. She always said he would be coming home. Never believed he was dead.”


Sources: The Minneapolis Star Tribune; West High School yearbook photo; Census; Minnesota birth index; 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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