Walton Aluard Erwin graduated from San Angelo High School in central Texas in 1940 and enlisted in the Navy that November.
He was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.
Mr. Erwin was born June 27, 1921, in Nimrod, Texas about 115 miles northeast of San Angelo, the 6th-born child of Bertha Darden Erwin, a homemaker, and George R. Erwin, a farmer.
An older brother, Homan, served in the Army in World War II.
Sources: the San Angelo Standard Times; Texas birth certificate; Navy muster roll; Census; grave marker. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.