Earl Hepburn was born on February 23, 1929, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve on February 4, 1947, and was activated for the Korean War on September 21, 1950. Fireman Hepburn served aboard the stores ship USS Pictor (AF-54) from September 1950 until his honorable discharge from the Navy on June 21, 1951. Earl and his wife retired to Hammond, Louisiana.
The Sailor's Creed:
I am a United States Sailor.
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me.
I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world.
I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment.
I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.