EM2c Rex Haywood Mayo

Unknown Sailor

EM2c Rex Haywood Mayo

Rex Haywood Mayo was born Sept. 30, 1915 in the Florida panhandle. His mother, Mary Peters Mayo, known as Lovie, was a homemaker, and his father, John Felix Mayo, a farmer.

At the time of the 1920 Census, the family, which included two younger daughters, lived in Alford, a town of about 200 about 70 miles west of Tallahassee.

Rex was four when his mother died in March 1920 of neuritis and complications of pregnancy. His father remarried in December 1929 and continued farming at Alford. He died in December 1935.

Rex enlisted in the Navy on Sept. 8, 1937. He was an electrician’s mate and petty officer second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.


Sources: U.S. Veterans Administration; Census; Navy muster roll; Florida death certificate and marriage record; grave markers; funeral home obituaries. 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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