Unknown Sailor

F1c Howard Taisey Anderson

Howard Taisey Anderson was born on Feb. 7, 1921, to Norwegian immigrants Thomas Anderson, a farmer, and Hannah (or Johanna) Sund Anderson, a homemaker.

The son was baptized the next month at Zion Lutheran Church in Sharon, North Dakota.

The family suffered much tragedy. One son was a few days old when he died in 1911. Another died at age 16 in 1923. Their father was 44 when he died in 1925.

The 1940 Census identified Howard as a bell boy at a hotel in Grand Forks. He enlisted in the Navy that October and was a fireman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Sources: Census; Navy muster roll; U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America baptism record and death records; grave markers. Navy photo. 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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