S1c Robert Asher Jr. Herriott,
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S1c Robert Asher Jr. Herriott
Robert Asher Herriott Jr. was born March 27, 1923 in Dallas, Texas. His mother, Elizabeth Ward Herriott, was a homemaker and his father a painter.
Robert Jr. left school after 7th grade. The 1938 city directory said he was a mill worker. By the next year he was a painter and paperhanger, although the Census said he reported no income for 52 weeks of work in 1939.
The young man enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 22, 1941. Mr. Herriott 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.
Two of his brothers served in the military during World War II — Clarence in the Army and Lee Roy in the Navy.
Sources: Census; Navy muster roll; Texas birth index; U.S. Department of Veterans Affair death file; grave marker; Dallas city directory. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.