F1c Floyd Bates Haffner,

Unknown Sailor

F1c Floyd Bates Haffner

Floyd Bates Haffner never lived far from his home in Browning in west-central Illinois, population 402, until he enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 17, 1939.

He 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.

Mr. Haffner was born in Browning on June 22, 1915, the son of Charles Haffner, a farmer, and Ida Bates Haffner, a homemaker.

A memorial service honored him on Dec. 28, 1941 at the Methodist church in Browning.

Sources: The Illinoisan-Star; Daily Illinois State Journal of Springfield; Census; Navy muster roll; U.S. Defense Department. 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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