RM3c Bleecker Lattin

Unknown Sailor

RM3c Bleecker Lattin

Bleecker Lattin enlisted in the Navy on Feb. 13, 1940 shortly after leaving Patchogue High School Long Island, New York in his senior year.

He was a radioman and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Mr. Lattin was born Oct. 9, 1921 with the last name of Arrighi but later took the surname of his stepfather, Howard Lattin. His mother, Ruth, was a hairdresser.

In 1945 the new Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Patchogue was named in honor of Mr. Lattin and Kenneth Jayne, another local man killed at Pearl Harbor.


Sources: The Patchogue Advance, Census records, Florida marriage license; Defense Department. 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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