Sig 3rd Class Charles Trevor Curtis

March 18, 1918—August 18, 1943

Service #: ******
Enlistment Date: *****
Enlistment Place: Camp Dodge, Herrold, Iowa
Component: USNR
Residence: Jones, Iowa
Education: 4 years high school
Occupation: *****
Marital Status: Single, Without Dependents
Burial: Name on Tablets of the Missing, East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York

Charles Trevor Curtis
Missing In Action

Charles Trevor Curtis, a signalman third class, has been reported missing in action. A telegram reached his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Curtis, last Friday morning, stating that further details were not yet available. His parents are still awaiting further word from the war department. Charles joined the navy about one year ago.

Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, September 9, 1943

Trevor Curtis Is Officially
Declared Dead

The navy has informed Mr. and Mrs. Cecil B. Curtis of the death of their son, Charles Trevor Curtis, signalman third class, U. S. naval reserve, who previously was reported missing in action.

He was a member of the armed guard crew serving on board the SS. J. H. Senior, when that vessel collided with a friendly ship in the North Atlantic area on Aug. 18, 1943. Immediately several explosions occurred and both ships were engulfed with heavy fires. At the time of the collision the night was dark, there being a heavy fog, and the sea was rough.

Charles Trevor Curtis was born March 18, 1918 at Monticello, Ia. He graduated from the Monticello high school. He enlisted in the navy Aug. 22, 1942. After completing his boot training at the Great Lakes Training station, he was sent to signal school at Urbana, Ill., and then was sent for advanced training at Noroton Heights, Conn. From there he was placed on a merchant ship in a convoy. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Curtis, and two brothers, Berkely H. Curtis of El Monte, Calif., and Stuart W. Curtis in the armed forces.

Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, September 7, 1944