Austin J. Atwood enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 23, 1917. Austin was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Atwood of Sandusky, Ohio. According to the United States Office of Information, on October 30, 1917, twelve men from the U.S. Navy were lost while on patrol duty aboard the U.S.S. Michigan. It is believed that the men were lost in a storm in the Atlantic Ocean.
The tombstone of Austin J. Atwood at Oakland Cemetery is adorned with an anchor and a U.S. flag. The inscription reads:
Austin J. Atwood
Erected by his shipmates