USS UTAH BB-31 / AG-16
The Forgotten Ship of Pearl Harbor
George W. LaRue
George Willard LaRue was born on December 29, 1917 in Sutherland, Nebraska, son of William LaRue and Edna Ann (Constable) LaRue. George enlisted in the Navy on January 24, 1939 in Denver, Colorado and reported reported for duty to the USS Utah on April 29, 1939. He was killed in action on December 7, 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. George was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously and remains on duty with his shipmates aboard the Utah. He is commemorated on the Memorial Tablets of the Missing, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.