PFC Richard J. Jr. Minear

Unknown Sailor

PFC Richard J. Jr. Minear

Richard John Minear Jr. was born at Redding, California 145 miles north of Sacramento on Oct. 16, 1921 to Richard Minear, a manufacturing foreman, and Mary “Mae” Wood Moore Minear, a homemaker.

He was 16 when his mother died, and he and an older half-brother, Francis Moore, then lived with an aunt. Both boys attended Shasta Union High School in Redding. Richard also attended Sacramento Junior College, where he played football. Francis entered a Jesuit  seminary and was ordained a priest in 1947.

Richard enlisted in the Marines in April 1940. He was a private first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Francis also served — as a military chaplain — and on Memorial Day 1953 conducted a requiem Mass for Richard above the sunken battleship.


Sources: The Sacramento Union; the Sacramento Bee; the Redding Record-Searchlight; California birth index; Census; Navy muster rolls; grave marker at Santa Clara (California) Mission Cemetery. Marine photograph. 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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