S2c Max Sam Krissman

Unknown Sailor

S2c Max Sam Krissman

Max Sam Krissman was born Feb. 12, 1924 in Cook County, Illinois. His parents, Victor Krissman and Anna Sneider Krissman, were Polish immigrants.

By 1930 the family lived in Los Angeles, where the father was a junk yard laborer and the mother a homemaker. 

Max Krissman enlisted in the Navy in June 1941 — four months after his father’s death.

Young Mr. Krissman was a seaman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

His body was recovered and returned to California after the war. He is buried at Home of Peace Cemetery in East Los Angeles. His mother, who died in 1955, is also buried there.


Sources: Application for military headstone; grave markers; Census; Illinois birth index; Navy muster roll. 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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