RM3c Harold Ely Shiffman

Unknown Sailor

RM3c Harold Ely Shiffman

The parents of Harold Ely Shiffman and his four siblings were born in Russia.

Harold was born April 15, 1914 in Detroit — about five years after his father, Morris, arrived in the United States. Morris was a cobbler and his wife, Ida, a homemaker.

Harold graduated from Central High School in Detroit in 1932. He was a member of the R.O.T.C. and planned to study at the University of Detroit, his high school yearbook said. It described him as “a jolly old fellow — always cheerful.”

He enlisted in the Naval Reserve on Aug. 27, 1940, and was a radioman and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Sources: Detroit Free Press; The Jewish Advocate; Census; petition for naturalization; Navy muster roll; Central High School yearbook, The Centralite.

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