RM1c Walter Scott Jr. Roberts


RM1c Walter Scott Jr. Roberts

Walter Scott Roberts Jr. was born Oct. 4, 1918 in Wichita, Kansas. His mother, Edith Dorothy Orram Roberts, was a homemaker and his father a movie theater projectionist. They also had two daughters.

Mrs. Roberts petitioned for divorce in 1925, and by the time of the April 14, 1930 Census Walter Jr. lived in Wichita with a maternal uncle and his family. Later that month Walter Sr. was shot to death after he confronted his ex-wife at her home. A coroner’s jury concluded that he died “In what manner and by whom unknown to this jury.”

Walter Jr. quit East High School to enlist in the Navy on March 10, 1936. Mr. Roberts was a radioman and petty officer first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

He had planned to be home for the holidays and to marry his girlfriend, Miss Mickey Barker, an elevator operator, on Christmas Day.


Sources: The Wichita (Kansas) Evening Eagle; The Wichita Eagle; Census; Navy muster rolls. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.

NOTE: If you are a family member related to this crew member of the U.S.S. Arizona, or have additional information, pictures or documents to share about his life or service to our county please contact us through our FAMILY MEMBER SUBMISSION FORM