FC3c George Everett Fones,

George Everett Fones

FC3c George Everett Fones

George Everett Fones enlisted in the Navy on July 11, 1938 – soon after graduating from Eastern High School in Washington, D.C.

He was a fire controlman and petty officer third class when he was killed on the U.S.S. Arizona in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

He was born Nov. 25, 1920 in Virginia to Arthur Fones, a driver for a bakery, and Maida Weaver Fones, a homemaker. They divorced in 1931.

In his last letter to his mother, he said he planned to celebrate his 21st birthday at a dance.

He had just extended his enlistment by two years and “loved the Navy,” his mother said.


Sources: the Washington Post; the Washington Evening Star; Navy muster roll; Census; WWII draft registration card; U.S. Veterans Administration; Virginia divorce record. 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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