S1c George Robert Sheffer

Unknown Sailor

S1c George Robert Sheffer

George Robert Sheffer was born June 18, 1914 in Goshen, Indiana, seat of Elkhart County  20 miles east of South Bend. His mother, Minnie May Sayles Sheffer, was a homemaker, and his father George C. Sheffer, was then a celery grower and later a long-time owner of Sheffer Market.

The son was nearly 10 when his mother died of septicemia following a 1924 miscarriage.

Young Mr. Sheffer enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 10, 1940. He was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Sources: The South Bend (Indiana) Tribune; Indiana birth and death certificates; 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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