RM1c Joseph Adjutor Gosselin,

Unknown Sailor

RM1c Joseph Adjutor Gosselin

Joseph Adjutor Alfred “Fred” Gosselin was one of 11 children of French Canadian immigrants.

His father, Adolphe, a millwright, died shortly before his son was killed on the U.S.S. Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941. His mother was Hermine Plourde Gosselin.

Mr. Gosselin was born July 7, 1914, in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and graduated from high school there in 1934. He worked at a lumber company before he joined the Navy on March 24, 1936. He was a radioman and petty officer first class on the ship.

A square in Chicopee at Memorial Drive and Montgomery Street is named in his memory.


Sources: Navy muster rolls; Massachusetts birth record; the Union-News of Springfield, Mass; February 1942 obituary from an unidentified newspaper. 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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