PFC George Harrison Scott

Unknown Sailor

PFC George Harrison Scott

George Harrison Scott Jr. was born Feb. 14, 1919 in Spokane, Washington. His father was a Marine and his mother, Ada Mayenfeldt Scott, a homemaker.

A younger son, Kenneth, was born in April 1923 in Haiti, where the father, a World War I veteran, was a Marine captain. The father died the next March.

George Jr. graduated in 1938 from North Central High School in Spokane, where the yearbook said he majored in art. He enlisted in the Marines on July 25, 1940.

Mr. Scott was a private first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7, 1941. He had been an orderly in the radio room.

In early 1942 women opened what they called Spokane’s Victory Shop. As one organizer explained, they would accept anything from old fur coats to an elephant, then resell them and donate the proceeds to soldiers and sailors. Bertha Ballou, a notable local artist who had helped train Mr. Scott when he was in high school, painted a large armed “Uncle Sam” image to decorate the shop. Included in the lower left corner: an portrait painted from memory of her former student in uniform.

Mr. Scott’s brother served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Sources: the Spokane (Washington) Chronicle; The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington; Washington birth index; North Central High School yearbook; U.S. Veterans Administration; Census; American Consular Service. Marine photograph. 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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