Historical records matching S2c William Arthur Goodwin
About S2c William Arthur Goodwin
WILLIAM ARTHUR GOODWIN (1921-1941) was born January 6, 1921, in Denver, Colorado. At the age of 2 1/2, he and his brother, Joseph Campbell, age 4 1/2 were placed in St. Vincent's Orphans Asylum, due to the illness of their mother. Later, they were in Mullins Home for Boys in Denver.
Both parents died in their 20's. When William left the Mullins Home for Boys, he went to Colorado Springs and joined the CCC's. Joe joined the Navy November 15, 1938. William enlisted in the Navy on August 12, 1940 in Denver, Colorado, and was sent to the U.S. Naval Training Station in San Diego on August 13, 1940. He reported to the USS Arizona on October 14, 1940. William and Joseph had spoken about being assigned to the same ship but nothing materialized because Joseph was on a minesweeper with 17 sailors whereas the Arizona had a large complement.
The minesweeper could not accommodate another person, and Joseph did not want to go on a large ship like the Arizona. William was in Division 4, and was one of the few people in Division 4 who died on December 7, 1941.