|Eugene Skiles and his brother Charles were both killed on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.|
Eugene Skiles could have been 100 years old today.
He was born on February 20, 1917 in Missouri. His parents were also both born in Missouri. His father was a coal miner who later became a farmer. Eugene had two older sisters, two older brothers, three younger sisters and one younger brother named Charles, six years his junior. By 1940 Eugene was a high school graduate but did not show as having been employed.
Eugene became a sailor on the USS Arizona. So did his brother Charles. On December 7, 1941, both Eugene and Charles were killed when the Arizona was destroyed by Japanese bombs and torpedoes. They were one of 23 sets of brothers on the Arizona that all died. A cousin of the Skiles brothers, Gerald Skiles, died that day on the USS Oklahoma.
The brothers' remains are still entombed in the USS Arizona.
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