MGYSGT Walter Holzworth,

Unknown Sailor

MGYSGT Walter Holzworth

Master Gunnery Sgt. Walter Holzworth was one of the most experienced men on the U.S.S. Arizona.

He enlisted in the Marines in 1917 and served in the Aviation Department during World War I. He was stationed in the United States, China, Guam, Haiti, and Cuba. By April 1934, or perhaps even earlier, he was on the crew of the Arizona.

He was one of 1,177 Sailors and Marines killed on the battleship in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Mr. Holzwoth was born Oct. 12, 1892 in New Jersey to German immigrants William Holzworth and Catherine Gimbel Holzworth. The father was a laborer and the mother a homemaker.

Walter, the youngest of their nine children, graduated from schools in Fort Lee and Leonia, New Jersey west of upper Manhattan across the Hudson River. He was working as a plumber’s helper by the time of the 1910 Census.

Mr. Holzworth was survived by his widow, Helen Hiller Holzworth. His body was recovered and is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at the Punchbowl in Honolulu.

Sources: The Record of Hackensack, New Jersey; the Jersey Journal of Jersey City; Marine muster rolls; Census; U.S. National Cemetery interment control form. The photo from the Marine Corps lists the wrong date for Mr. Holzworth’s enlistment. The date was for a re-enlistment. 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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