S2c Deane Lundy Ross


S2c Deane Lundy Ross

Deane Lundy Ross was born July 26, 1922 in South Dakota. His father, Archie Ross, was a bookkeeper at a produce business and his mother, Anna Larsen Ross, a homemaker.

By 1930 the family, which included a younger daughter, had moved to Nyack, New York, about 20 miles north of New York City on the west bank of the Hudson River. The father worked as a post office clerk.

Young Deane belonged to the Sea Scouts, a group dedicated to boating and water activities. He attended Nyack High School, where a classmate, Gene Cantwell, said he was “a very low-key great guy.”

He enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 15, 1940, and 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.

More than 500 people attended a ceremony the next November at the Dutch Reformed Church in Nyack for the unveiling of a plaque honoring Mr. Ross and another local man killed in the war.


Sources: the Journal News of Nyack, New York; the Orangetown (New York) Telegram; The News Journal of White Plains, New York; Census; Navy muster roll. 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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