”Honor the Past; Deserve the Present“

Everett Donald Heywood

Ship's Cook, Second Class
(April 1, 1892-November 3, 1967)

Documentary materials provided by
Carson Heywood (St. Helena High School, Class of 2012),
great grandson of Everett Donald Heywood

Background

  • Born in Pillager, Minnesota
  • Never attended high school or college
  • Father: George E Heywood, born in Maine
  • Mother: Cathrine C Heywood (Hall), born in Wisconsin

WWI

  • In Lewiston, Idaho, on April 23, 1918, Heywood enrolled in U.S. Naval Reserve Force
  • Heywood was ordered to report to the Commandant, 13th Naval District, Naval Coast Defense Reserve, headquartered at Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington, on May 18, 1918
    • Note—In 1926 the 13th Naval District headquarters was transferred to Seattle, Washington
  • Heywood was assigned to temporary duty on Receiving Ship in Puget Sound
  • Served as Ship's Cook (SC, 2-c)
  • Served less than one month (September 30-October 25, 1918) on an H-class (Holland-class) submarine, the H-4
  • Heywood was "found to be undesirable for submarine duty." [R. O. Davis, Lieutenant, USN Commanding Officer, Memo to Bureau Navigation, Washington, D. C., 2 November 1918 (photocopy)]
  • Heywood may have suffered from claustrophobia [Virginia Heywood (daughter-in-law of Everett Heywood), telephone conversation with Frank Mazzi, 7 September 2011]
  • On November 2, 1918, Heywood was transferred to the Receiving Ship at Puget Sound Navy Yard [R. O. Davis, Lieutenant, USN Commanding Officer, Memo to Bureau Navigation, Washington, D. C., 2 November 1918 (photocopy)]
  • Helped with conducting ships in and out of Puget Sound Naval Port
  • March 11, 1919: released from active duty with $60 "discharge gratuity" and "travel allowance of five cents per mile from Bremerton, Washington to Lewiston, Idaho."
  • Honorable Discharge from USNR and award of Victory Medal in Seattle, WA, on September 30, 1921
  • A "drastic reduction of the Naval Reserve Force" was the result of a reduction in Naval funding [Edwin Denby (Secretary of the Navy), letter to Everett D. Heywood, 29 September 1921 (photocopy); United States Naval Reserve Force, Discharge, 30 September 1921 (photocopy)]

Post-War

  • Married Hetta Evelyn Powell on December 2, 1919 in Spokane, Washington
    • Everett and Hetta had three children: Stanley Heywood (born in 1923), Rosalie Heywood (born in 1927), and Wayne Heywood (born in 1940)
      • Everett Never spoke with his children about his military experience
  • Residence following honorable discharge: Elk, Washington
  • Lived in Soap Lake, Washington, in 1940
  • Occupation in 1940: Proprietor of a bakery
  • Practiced heavy-weight boxing [Virginia Heywood, telephone conversation with Dana Cronin, 21 February 2013]
  • Registered for WWII at age 50 while residing in Soap Lake, Washington

Death

  • Died November 3, 1967 in Napa, California of cancer
  • Last Residence: Angwin, California
  • Hetta died of liver failure due to chronic active hepatitis [Virginia Heywood, telephone conversation with Dana Cronin, 21 February 2013]
(rev. 2.28.2013)