Curtis family papers
Edna Julia Houghton was born in Staten Island, New York, in the mid-1890s. She and her husband, Reginald Van Wert, had four children: Dorothy ("Dolly"), Charles Reginald, Albert, and Franklin Warren ("Warren"). She died on January 11, 1993. Dorothy Van Wert married Leonard William Dooren in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 17, 1940. Dooren served onboard the USS New Orleans before and during World War II. Charles, Albert, and Warren Van Wert all served in the United States Navy during World War II. Warren Van Wert enlisted on December 12, 1938, and was assigned to the USS Breckinridge (D.D. 148) from November 1940 until at least September 1943.