GM3c Frederick Franklin Sulser

Unknown Sailor

GM3c Frederick Franklin Sulser

Frederick Franklin Sulser was born Jan. 11, 1918 in Galion, Ohio about 50 miles north of Columbus. His father, Frank, worked for a railroad, then a brick factory, and still later a manufacturer of tile machinery. The son had just turned two when his mother, Della Matilda Frank Sulser, a homemaker, died in February 1920.

His father remarried in late 1922 to Pearl Cully Sulser, and she helped raise Frederick.

Frederick attended elementary school at Galion and graduated from the nearby Martel High School. He worked for a railroad before enlisting in the Navy on March 7, 1938.

Mr. Sulser was a gunner’s mate and petty officer second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.


Sources: the News-Journal of Mansfield, Ohio; the Galion (Ohio) Inquirer; Census; Navy muster roll. 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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