S1c William Edison Stoddard

Unknown Sailor

S1c William Edison Stoddard

William Edison Stoddard 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.

His father, William V. Stoddard, was an Army chauffeur in World War I. He was described in the 1930 Census for Hackberry in southwestern Louisiana, as a keeper of a garage. His wife, Angelina Duhon Stoddard, was a homemaker. William, born July 10, 1920, was their oldest child. He enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 2, 1940.

A brother, Romey Joseph Stoddard, also served in the Navy during World War II as an electrician’s mate and petty officer. He survived.


Sources: Lake Charles (Louisiana) American Press; Headstone Application for Military Veterans; Houston National Cemetery record; WWII draft registration card; grave marker. 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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