S1c Keith Homer Harrington,
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S1c Keith Homer Harrington
Keith Homer Harrington Jr. enlisted in the Navy on Dec. 27, 1939, three days after he turned 18.
He was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed less than two years later in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Mr. Harrington was the only child of Rose Noblot Harrington Williams and Keith Homer Harrington Sr., a maintenance man for an electric business.
The son attended Cleveland High School in St. Louis, Missouri. The 1939 yearbook said he was a member of the sociology club, whose purpose included “to sense more definitely what society has done and is doing to enable each individual to develop worthwhile possibilities to the limit of his capacity.”
Sources: The St. Louis (Missouri)Star & Times; St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Cleveland High yearbook; Navy muster roll; Missouri marriage record; World War I draft registration. Photo courtesy of relative Cathy A. Finney.