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Adkins, Marvin Birch

Rank and Name, Gunner’s Mate Third Class Marvin Birch Adkins.

Unit/placed on, USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Battleship, United States Navy.


Marvin was born  in  1918 in Stephen County,Oregon.


Father, Harold R. Adkins.


Marvin entered  the Service from Arizona in Oct 10, 1939 with service-number # 3813007.


Marvin was KIA  when the USS Oklahoma was attacked an Sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbour, on Dec. 7, 1941, he is honored with a  Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, Distinguished Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.



Marvin is buried/mentioned at Honolulu Memorial Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA.

Courts of the Missing.


Thanks to http://www.navsource.org/archives/01/37a.htm Jean Louis Vijgen, ABMC,  https://abmc.gov Info P.O.W.

Wes Injerd, Dwight Rider: http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html

NavyLog, http://navylog.navymemorial.org Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, Sean Conjenos, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Familysearch.com, https://www.familysearch.org Navy Marines Info Geoffrey Roecker, https://missingmarines.com/ Medals Info, http://www.honorstates.org Website, https://hendrikswebdesign.nl/ 


The USS OKLAHOMA Memorial was dedicated 7 December 2007 on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. The memorial stands on the shores of Ford Island, next to the former berth of the Oklahoma. Today the USS Missouri museum is moored where the Oklahoma was moored when she was sunk.

The memorial’s black granite walls suggest the once formidable hull of the Oklahoma. On the black granite wall is the alphabetical list of each sailor and what row his marble standard is in. When the wall is photographed the marble standards can be seen in the reflection. The white marble standards represent its lost sailors and Marines. Each perfectly aligned marble standard symbolizes an individual in pristine white dress uniform, inspired from the naval tradition of ‘manning the rails.’ In full dress whites the ship’s crew stand at attention along the rails or in the rigging of the ship to display respect and honor. The marble standards of this memorial stand perfectly straight, ‘manning the rails’ of the Oklahoma, forever. 

Link to mass graves of 389 Crew USS Oklahoma, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific 




USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Battleship
Memorial mentioned
His rank Gunners Mate Third Class