S1c John Emmet Hosler,

Unknown Sailor

S1c John Emmet Hosler

John Emmet Hosler was born July 3, 1922 at Amanda, a town of 531 in south-central Ohio.

By 1930 he was living in Columbus, where his father, Harry, was a machinist at a tool company, and his mother, Lota May Hosler, was a homemaker. 

The 1940 Census, conducted in April, said John worked 36 weeks in 1939 in research for the Civilian Conservation Corps, a Depression-era federal jobs program. HIs parents were divorced by then and his mother was the landlady of a rooming house.

He was a junior at Amanda High School when he enlisted in the Navy in October 1940. Mr. Hosler 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 Lancaster (Ohio) Eagle-Gazette; Census; Navy muster roll; U.S. Defense Department. 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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