Unknown Sailor

BKR3c Linald Long Jr. Collier

Linald Long Collier Jr. had the distinction of serving in both the Army and the Navy.

He was a baker 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.

Mr. Collier was born Nov. 22, 1916, in Galveston, Texas, to Linald L. Collier, an English immigrant and longshoreman, and Alma Long Collier, a homemaker.

He attended school at La Marque, and news accounts in 1933 and 1934 named him as one of the top-scoring ninth-grade students both years. He sooned joined the Army, serving as a cook and baker at Fort Crockett in Galveston. He joined the Navy in 1937.

Mr. Collier was a member of First Baptist Church in Galveston.

Sources: The Galveston Daily News; Texas birth certificate; Census; Navy muster roll. Editor’s note: News articles about his death said Mr. Collier’s middle name was Long. His hand-written birth certificate identified him as Linald Long. Collier Jr.  Space on the form was limited, so it seems likely that his middle name was abbreviated — hence the period. But it is unclear exactly what his full middle name might have been. Government documents variously listed his father’s middle name as Loridgne, Lorigner, Lodinger and Loredonsor. 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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