F2c Frank Hendricksen,

Unknown Sailor

F2c Frank Hendricksen

Frank Hendricksen was born Feb. 4, 1921 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His mother, Minnie Meulekamp Hendricksen, was a homemaker and his father, Gerrit Hendricksen, a building contractor. The parents immigrated from the Netherlands.

The son attended Central High School but apparently left after his sophomore year. The spring 1940 Census said he worked 12 weeks in 1939 as a shipping clerk at a plating business and earned $200. He enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 8, 1940.

Mr. Hendricksen was a fireman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. He was survived by his parents and an older sister.

Sources: the Fort Lauderdale (Florida) News; Census; U.S. Defense Department; Navy muster roll; Florida death index; program for 1946 Kalamazoo Central High memorial service for former students killed in World War II. 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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