Wallace Dewight Crawley was born Jan. 13, 1922, in Rushville, Indiana, to James Crawley, a farmer, and Mamie Reeve Crawley, a homemaker.
Wallace was 12 when his father died of a perforated ulcer. The youngest of his five siblings died two years later of tetanus.
He attended high school at Clarksburg, Indiana, and enlisted in the Navy a few days after his 18th birthday.
Wallace Crawley was a coxswain on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.
His mother was attending a service at Pilgrim Holiness Church in Clarksburg when a relative delivered the news that her son was missing in the attack.
The American Legion post in nearby Greensburg was named, in part, for Mr. Crawley.
Sources: the Greensburg (Indiana) Daily News; Indiana birth and death records; Census; Navy muster roll. Navy photograph. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona