S2c Wiley Coy Goff,

Unknown Sailor

S2c Wiley Coy Goff

Wiley Coy Goff was born March 27, 1917 in Lamont in north-central Oklahoma. His mother, Martha Caughey Goff, was a homemaker, and his father, William Goff, a blacksmith.

By the time of the spring 1940 Census the son had completed two years at Lamont High School but was no longer enrolled. He’d been unemployed for 50 weeks in 1939 but had a new job as a baker.

Young Mr. Goff left the town — population 577 — on March 22, 1941, to enlist in the Navy. He was a seaman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.


Sources: the Blackwell (Oklahoma) Daily Journal; Census; Navy muster roll; World War II draft registration card. 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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