Unknown Sailor

F3c Dewey Olney Busick

The headstone shared by Clarence Lewis and Zelda Busick at Galloway Cemetery in Franklin, Ohio, includes this inscription across the bottom: “Dewey: our son. At rest on USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.”

Dewey Olney Busick, their only child, was a fireman third class when he was killed in the Japanese attack.

He was born in Franklin on June 5, 1918 and graduated from Hilliards High School, where he was a member of the YMCA-affiliated Hi-Y social club.

Mr. Busick then worked on a road construction crew, earning $800 for 32 weeks of labor in 1939. He also worked at the Red Head Oil Co. gas station in Norwood, Ohio.

He enlisted in the Navy for six years on Oct. 7, 1940.

American Legion Memorial Post 614 in Hilliard was named in memory of Mr. Busick and other area men killed in the war.

His father was a farm laborer when Dewey was born and his mother a homemaker.


Sources: The Cincinnati (Ohio) Enquirer; the Grave City (Ohio) Record; 1937 Hilliard HIgh School yearbook; Census; Navy muster roll; grave marker. 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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