COX Urban Herschel Marlow

Unknown Sailor

COX Urban Herschel Marlow

Urban Herschel Marlow was one of 15 graduates of Wheatland High School in 1932 in a town north of Springfield, Missouri with a population of 237.

He then served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, a Depression-era federal jobs program, and worked at a Fisher Body plant in St. Louis. He enlisted in the Navy in 1935 — the same year his father died. He re-enlisted in October 1939.

Mr. Marlow was a coxswain 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.

He was born June 7, 1915 to William Marlow, a farmer and later a second-hand furniture dealer, and Minnie Bear Marlow, a homemaker.

The American Legion organized a memorial service in Urban Marlow’s memory in January 1942 at the community center in Humansville, Missouri about 12 miles southwest of Wheatland. He was a member of the Wheatland Christian Church, and was buried after the war at Humansville Cemetery.


Sources: The Index of Hermitage, Missouri; the Humansville (Missouri) Star Leader; the Henry County Democrat of Clinton, Missouri; the Wayne County Journal-Banner of Piedmont, Missouri; Census; Navy muster rolls; 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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