S1c Richard Eugene Gill,

Unknown Sailor

S1c Richard Eugene Gill

Richard Eugene Gill was living with his family in Beowawe in north-central Nevada when he enlisted in the Navy in June 1940.

The Census, conducted in April of that year, said he was a grocery store clerk and earned $500 the year before while employed for 24 weeks.

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

He was born Oct. 20, 1921 in Wells in northeast Nevada, population 520. His father, Harry Gill, was a signal maintainer for a steam railroad, and his mother, Viola Kelson Gill, was a homemaker.

The son attended schools in Wells and Reno before graduating from Montello High School 50 miles east of Wells near Utah.

Sources: Reno (Nevada) Gazette-Journal; the Elko (Nevada) Daily Free Press; Census; Navy muster roll; U.S. Defense Department. 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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