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Ens. David Lester Cole

Also Known As: "D. L. Cole", "David L.Cole"
Birthdate: (22)
Birthplace: Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States
Death: December 7, 1941 (22)
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States (Attack on Pearl Harbor)
Place of Burial: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of David Vincent Cole and Lillian S. Cole
Brother of Ruby Lillian Collier

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Lester Cole's Timeline

May 28, 1919
Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States

Name: David L Cole
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 28 May 1919
Event Place: Sacramento, California, United States
Gender: Male
Mother's Name: Curl

Citing this Record

"California, Birth Index, 1905-1995," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 Aug 2013), David L Cole, 1919.

- 1940
Age 16
Sacramento, California, United States

Per Pearl Harbor records, he attended ROTC training, thus entering the Navy Reserves as an Ensign.

December 7, 1941
Age 22
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Sunday, 7 December

Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbour.

US battleship ARIZONA (Flagship Rear Admiral I. C. Kidd, Commander Battleship Division 1; Captain F. Van Valkenburgh) was sunk with officer Ensign L. D. Anderson and forty two enlisted men killed and officers LT (jg) D. H. Barnes, Ensign E. M. Bates Jr, Ensign R. S. Booth Jr, Ensign R. N. Brooks, A/Pay Clerk P. T. Carter, Ensign E. B. Cloues, Ensign D. L. Cole, LCDR T. E. Crowley, Ensign J. M. Emery, Ensign E. F. Evans, LCDR J. E. French, Ensign P. R. Gazecki, Ensign E. W. Gosselin, Ensign W. I. Halloran, Ensign J. W. Haverfield, Ensign R. Hollis, LT C. T. Janz, CDR S. E. Johnson, MC, Ensign T. R. Jones, Rear Admiral I. C. Kidd,, Ensign R. N. King Jr, Captain T. L. Kirkpatrick (ChC), A/Pay Clerk J. E. Lake Jr, Ensign R. L. Leopold, Ensign F. S. Lomax, Warrant Officer A. C. Manlove, Ensign B. R. Marsh Jr, Ensign H. M. McClung, Ensign H. D. Merrill, Ensign T. L. Nowosacki, Ensign E. E. K. Olsen, Ensign W. T. O'Neill Jr, LCDR P. J. Register, Ensign E. T. Sanders, Ensign W. S. Savage Jr, LT (jg) A. J. Smith, Ensign O. S. Smith, Ensign A. C. Uhrenholdt, Captain F. Van Vankenburgh, Ensign C. Weeden, Ensign U. I. Whitehead Jr, Ensign L. A. Williams of VO 1, Warrant Mechanic N. M. Wilson, Ensign E. Winter, Ensign G. A. Wolf Jr, Ensign E. R. Young, 945 enlisted men, LT COL D. R. Fox, USMC, 2nd LT C. E. Simensen, USMC, and seventy one enlisted Marines were missing; ENS W. J. Bush, ENS H. D. Davison, ENS J. P. Field Jr, ENS G. S. Flanagan Jr, Ensign D. Hein, ENS A. R. Schubert and thirty three enlisted men were wounded.


Full Pearl Harbor Casualty List

Cole, David Lester Ensign United States Navy (Reserve) USS Arizona


Two More Valley Youths Killed in Action—Two northern California youths lost their life in action in the Pacific war zone, their parents were informed yesterday by military authorities. The death toll for the north state now stands at four since the islands were bombed a week ago today by the Japanese. The dead: Jesse Keith Milbourne, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Milbourne of Corning; and Ensign Evan Evans, 25, son of Mrs. Belle Evans of Vallejo and husband of Mrs. Greta Gale Evans of Oakland. Reported dead earlier this week were First Lieut. Hans Christiansen, 21, of Woodland, and Ensign David Lester Cole, 22, of Sacramento. .... [Sacramento Union, Sunday, 12-14-1941]

Age 21
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

David Lester Cole

Birth: May 28, 1911
Sacramento County
California, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1941
Pearl Harbor
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA

Rank:ENS (USNR)He was survived by his parents David V. and Lillian S. Cole,his sister Mrs. Ruby Collier, and his grandmother Mrs. Sarah Curl

USS Arizona Memorial
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA