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In Honor of
Charles Edward Brittan

Forever Seventeen

Charles Edward Brittan
     The above photograph was donated by the sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Rudy Carlson, of Charles Edward Brittan. It was taken when he was an apprentice seaman, just out of boot camp.
     I have felt a special kin-ship toward him since Lois told me his story. I read the records of his short Navy career and realized that we were the same age in 1941. Now I understand why I feel so emotionally involved.
     Where his remains are now is uncertain but the soul of this seventeen year old departed that day, December 7, 1941, from the starboard side on the quarterdeck of the burning and sinking battleship, U.S.S. Arizona BB-39. His name is engraved in stone, along with the 1176 of his shipmates, on the wall of the USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL that spans the sunken hull, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
     His service to his country and ultimate sacrifice earned him the right, at the tender age of seventeen, to be called a man.
     ~Lorraine E. Marks, July 30, 1990
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A Shipmate Remembers
Charles Brittan

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