S1c William Jr. Knubel

Unknown Sailor

S1c William Jr. Knubel

William Knubel Jr. came to the United States from Switzerland when he was two.

His parents, Martha and Wilhelm, owned a Swiss Alpen cheese factory in Knobtown southeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

The son, born April 22, 1919, enlisted in the Navy in November 1940.

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.

He was survived by his parents and three sisters.


Sources: the Kansas City (Missouri) Times; the Versailles (Missouri) Leader-Statesman; Census; Navy muster roll; draft registration card; U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. 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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