BM2c Walter Lewis Hampton,
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BM2c Walter Lewis Hampton
Mr. Hampton was a boatswain’s mate and petty officer second class on the U.S.S. Arizona.
He was born Jan. 2, 1906 in Barnesville, a town of about 1,300 in western Minnesota. His father, Pearley Hampton, was a laborer and his mother, Mary Bredemeier Hampton, a homemaker.
The son attended school in Barnesville and then enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 18, 1925. He married Jane Campbell Hampton in Philadelphia in 1928. The couple’s first child was born the next year and they had three sons and a daughter — William, Walter, Robert, and Mary Jane. Mrs. Hampton eventually filed for divorce on grounds of abandonment.
Sources: The Philadelphia Inquirer; Pennsylvania application for WWII compensation; Census; Navy muster rolls; Pennsylvania marriage record; Delaware marriage record; National Archives; Veterans AdministrationThis profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.