Biography of Alvin Albert Dvorak
Alvin Albert Dvorak
US Navy, USS Arizona
BM2c, Service No.
done by Al Johnson, member of the Pine County Genealogical Society.
Al had the opportunity to attend
the 73rd Anniversary Reunion at Pearl Harbor on
Alvin Albert Dvorak was a Pine County
sailor who lost his life in
December 1941 in the Pearl Harbor attack.
Albert Dvorak was born on April 3, 1918 in Tripp County, South Dakota
(Mach) Dvorak and Joseph T. Dvorak. Unfortunately, Alvin’s
Joseph, died on 13 January 1919, and
Emma, died 4 days later on January 17th, both of Spanish flu
Alvin was only 9 month old.
Alvin went to live in Park Township, Pine
County, Minnesota, near Bruno with his mother’s sister and
husband, Mary R.
(Mach) and Joseph Kvasnicka. While
sister, Harriet, (Hattie) and older brother, Arthur, went to live with
grandparents, John and Barbara Mach, also living in Park Township.
Between the 1920 census and the 1930 census, Alvin went to live
attended Pleasant Hill School near Bruno with five other
was probably a good student as he had perfect attendance in 1931 when
he was in
eighth grade, which was his last year of school. Alvin and his
classmates made the front page of the Askov
for his and two other students perfect attendance.
Interestingly, four of Alvin’s five
classmates were also his cousins.
newspaper picture is the only known picture of Alvin. It is
long Alvin stayed with his grandparents, but, in 1937 he was living in
Stillwater when he applied to join the Navy on 12 November 1937 in
MN and his guardian, Casper Heaser
signed for him.
was accepted and inducted into the Navy on 2 March 1938, in
At the time, he was 5’8¼” tall and weighed 162
pounds and had brown hair and
blue eyes. He reported on board the USS Arizona on July 9,
1938. Alvin progressed in rank from Seaman 2nd class,
Coxswain, to Boatswain Mate 3rd Class and finally to
2nd Class prior to December 7th. After
the USS Arizona, Alvin was transferred to the USS Solace, a hospital
ship. He was transferred to the USAT Coolidge, an Army Troop
for transport to US Naval Hospital at Mare Island in San
Bay. Unfortunately, Alvin died from his injuries on Christmas Eve
December 24, while in transit. His body was claimed by Casper Heaser, his brother-in-law, in Minneapolis and
at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on New Year’s Day
survived by his brother, Arthur A Dvorak, and his sister Harriet
(Dvorak) Heaser. Alvin’s first
cousin - once removed, Greg Kvasnicka,
still lives on the farm outside of Buno
where Alvin was raised.
December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor Attack
USS Arizona memorial aerial view
USS Arizona Memorial Pearl Harbor
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