S2c A. J. Scott


S2c A. J. Scott

  1. J. Scott was born May 8, 1924 in Texas (likely in Springtown 25 miles northwest of Fort Worth) to Frank and Anna Scott. His father was a farmer and the mother a homemaker.

The son left Springtown, population 800, in June 1941 to enlist in the Navy. He was a seaman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. He was still just 17, the minimum legal age for enlistment with the approval of a parent.

His brother Buck served in the Navy from October 1944 through July 1946. Brother Steve served in the Navy from January 1944 through July 1963. Brother Thomas served in the Army during Korea and Vietnam.

Sources: the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram; Census; grave markers; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs death files. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.

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