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Catalog Number WF 0702.A,B,C,D
Caption James Albert Gray
Description James Albert Gray was the first resident of Anacortes killed in WWII. A student of Anacortes High School, he died aboard the USS ARIZONA [now a memorial] during the attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. On 4-3-2002, Trebon interviewed Wallie Funk about Gray. The following excerpt comes from WF-OH-8A-148.
"His name was James Albert Gray and he was a student at Anacortes High School until 1940 when he decided that high school wasn't exciting enough. He dropped out, he enlisted in the Navy, and he was in Pearl Harbor at the time the Japanese invaded and raised havoc with our fleet over there. He was aboard the USS ARIZONA, which now stands as a monument to that incredible day in our history. So I always kind of look at it and [say], ' Well, Jim, you were wanting excitement, and you certainly found it, but it was such a waste of an interesting life.' He wasn't what you'd call a good student but he had a lot of street smarts. I think he really just didn't cotton to the discipline of the classroom. So his decision was that he would join the Navy and see the world and now he is part of the eternal monument that they have at Pearl Harbor in commemoration of that incredibly day. ... He was in the same class [as me]. He would have graduated in 1941. He left just in the nick of time, got out of school ... As I recall, he was a resident of Guemes Island, he and his family, because he commuted on the Guemes ferry to get to school in Anacortes. And that's about all I know about Jim. I spent a long time trying to find a photograph of him because I believe it's of historic significance that he went down on the USS ARIZONA, relating also to the fact that it's now a national monument, which every year draws thousands and thousands of people to see it over in Hawaii."
Date 1941
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects People
Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People GRAY, James Albert
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms ARIZONA, battleship
Navy
Pearl Harbor
WWII
Object Name Print, Photographic