F1c Clyde Franklin Huffman,

Unknown Sailor

F1c Clyde Franklin Huffman

Clyde Franklin Huffman, born Sept. 4, 1918, was the eldest of six children of Ella Lindsey Huffman, a homemaker, and Lorn Huffman, a tool dresser for oil wells.

The son graduated in 1936 from South Bloomingville High School in Benton Township in south-central Ohio.  At the time of the 1940 Census, conducted that April, he was living with his family in Benton — population 648 — and working as a truck driver. He earned $1,600 for 30 weeks of work in 1939, a handsome sum for a young man during the Depression. It’s equal to about $29,500 in 2020 dollars.

Mr. Huffman enlisted in the Navy on Sept. 2, 1940, and was a fireman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

A cenotaph in his memory is at Pine Grove Cemetery in South Bloomingville.

His two brothers served in World War II — Clarence in the Navy and Daniel in the Army.


Sources: The Logan (Ohio) News; The Times Recorder of Zanesville, Ohio; Navy muster rolls; Census; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs death files; cenotaph. 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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