Unknown Sailor

S2c Richard Leroy Bell

Richard LeRoy Bell was born Jan. 25, 1923, in California to Amelia Smith Bell, a homemaker, and Wayne LeRoy Bell, an auto parts salesman.

At the time of the spring 1940 Census Richard, the oldest of three children, had completed three years of high school in Los Angeles.

He enlisted in the Navy on July 28, 1941, and was a seaman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed that Dec. 7 in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Sources:Sources: the Mercury News of San Jose, California; Census; Navy muster roll; California birth index. Navy photo taken at the USS Arizona Mall Memorial. 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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