Unknown Sailor

LTJG Delmar Hayes Barnes

Delmar Hayes Barnes enlisted in the Navy at age 16 and served 25 years until his death in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

He was a lieutenant when he was killed on the U.S.S. Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941. He’d achieved that rank shortly before he died. Before that he was a warrant officer as the battleship’s chief electrician.

Mr. Barnes was born Nov. 23, 1900, in Chicago, but moved to Roseburg, Oregon, when he was 11. His father, Lloyd, owned a barbershop, and his mother, Charlotte “Lotta” Murphy, was a homemaker. She died in 1939.

He was survived by his widow, Ruth Shipton Barnes, who lived in Oakland, California.

There is a cenotaph in Mr. Barnes’ memory at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Roseburg.

Sources: The News-Review of Roseburg, Oregon; the Oakland (California) Tribune; Census; California marriage index; grave markers.  This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizo
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