USS UTAH BB-31 / AG-16
The Forgotten Ship of Pearl Harbor
Vernon J. Eidsvig
Vernon Jerome Eidsvig was born in 1921 in Kathryn, North Dakota. He was the son of Norwegian immigrants John Albert Eidsvig and Reidun Nytroen. Vernon enlisted in the Navy on June 4, 1940 at Minneapolis, Minnesota and reported for duty on the USS Utah on January 18, 1941. He was killed in action on December 7, 1941 during the attack at Pearl Harbor. Vernon was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously and remains on duty with shipmates on the USS Utah. He is commemorated on the Memorial Tablets of the Missing, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Vernon was survived by his father, mother, three brothers and a sister.