About S2c Burton Lowell Carter
In November 1940, Burton dropped out of San Diego High School to follow his best friend into the Navy. He got his father drunk to sign his enlistment papers.
The two boys had been friends since the 7th grade, brought together by a love of practical jokes and the occasional brawl. Both came from homes with absentee fathers, stern mothers and a lack of money.
Once in the Navy, the two were eventually assigned together to the Arizona--Burton as a radio operator, his friend as a topside turret gunner.