Curtis F. Pullen (1944/06/20)
The name Curtis F. Pullen appeared on the Santa Cruz Sentinel May 30, 1945 Honor Roll, yet his relationship in the county is unknown.
Curtis Faus Pullen was born In Iowa on January 18, 1914, to Keats and Mabel Pullen. He and his brothers, Keats and Robert, were raised and educated in the small community of Onawa, Monona County, Iowa, where their father was in the automobile business.
During the late 1930s or early 1940s, Curtis Pullen married Margaret Holmes. They may have established a residence in Santa Cruz.
When World War II began, Pullen volunteered for the US Navy and following officer training, was commissioned an ensign. Margaret remained in Northern California and established a residence on Sylvan Avenue in San Bruno, California, during his absence.
The place and cause of Lt. (jg) Curtis Pullen's death has not been found. It is possible that his death, which likely occurred on June 20, 1944, was a result of the major sea battle that took place in the Philippine Sea June 19-20, 1944.
Following his death, his remains were buried at an avail- able US military facility and on January 25, 1949, were re-interred in the Honolulu Memorial Cemetery.
(Note: the ABMC gives his date of death as 30 June 1944] (USCR, 1920 US Census, IA, Monona; ABMC; USNM; ACGEN; Faus Genealogy, Updating the Records of Ruth Lavina Faus, http://freepages. genealogy.rootsweb.com/~piercescga/pdffiles/fausbook1999.pdf, [16 September 2008])