Unknown Sailor

PFC Everett Ray Jr. Belt

Everett Ray Belt Jr. was born in Topeka, Kansas on May 3, 1917 to Everett Belt, a railroad accountant, and Margaret Puckett Belt, a homemaker.

The family soon moved to Missouri. Young Everett graduated from Kirkwood High School in the St. Louis area. The 1940 Census, conducted in the spring, identified him as a salesman at a building store.

He enlisted in the Marines that August and was a private first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

At least two brothers also served in World War II — William in the Navy and Donald in the Marines.

Sources: the Frankfort (Kansas) Index; the Topeka Daily Star Journal; Kirkwood High yearbook; Census; Marine muster rolls. 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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