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Maurice A. Wolfe, Jr.

Seaman 2nd Class, 

 

USS HOUSTON CA-30

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: February 4, 1942
Buried at: Arlington Cemetery
                  Cove & River Roads
                  Pennsauken NJ 08110


SEAMAN SECOND CLASS MAURICE A WOLFE JR was born on June 17, 1923 to Maurice and Mae Wolfe. The second child, he came after sister Virginia and brother Harry. In 1930 the family was renting a home at 6145 High Street in Pennsauken NJ. Maurice Sr. had been an Army sergeant during World War I. At the time of the 1930 census he was employed as a furniture salesman, and later worked as a buyer for the Lit Brothers department store chain. The family would later move to 1752 West River Drive, in the Delaware Gardens section of Pennsauken.  

Maurice Wolfe Jr. attended Pennsauken Junior High School and Merchantville High School. An accomplished sousaphone player, he played that instrument in the school band at both schools.

Maurice Wolfe Jr. enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve in September of 1940, and transferred to the active Navy in December of that year. After receiving his basic training at Newport RI, he saw duty at San Diego and Long Beach  CA, before being sent to Pearl Harbor HI. He was assigned to the USS Houston, a part of the Navy's Asiatic Fleet, and did a tour of duty in China. He had been promoted to Seaman Second Class when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Serving aboard the USS Houston, Seaman Wolfe was killed in action during an attack by Japanese plains against the Houston. The Houston made port after the attack, and Seaman Wolfe's body was put ashore. He was survived by his parents, brothers, and sister.

His mother said of her son, in May of 1942 the "The Navy was his life from the time he was 10 years old. We gave our consent for him to join only because we knew he would be happy in no other place."

Maurice Wolfe was brought home in the fall of 1949. He was buried at Arlington Cemetery in Pennsauken NJ, joined in later years by his parents. 


 

Camden Courier-Post
July 4, 1941

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The East Camden News, a weekly newspaper which served East Camden and Pennsauken west of Route 130 and south of Cove Road, reported the following in its February 19, 1942 edition, in its Town Crier column

Maurice A. Wolfe Jr., of 1752 West River drive, has been reported killed in action by the Navy. Brings the war mighty close when one of our eighteen-year-olders lays his life on freedom's altar.


Camden
Courier-Post

November 29, 1949

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Maurice Sr., Mae, and Maurice Wolfe Jr.


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