Robert Erickson was born Sept. 23, 1922 in Sigel, Wisconsin to Finnish immigrants.
The 1930 Census identified his father, Simon Erick Erickson, as a farmer, and his mother, Ida Johnson Erickson, as a homemaker. The Census named eight children.
By April 1935 the family was about 90 miles east-southeast in Grand Rapids, Wisconsin. By April 22, 1940 as shown in the 1940 Census, the family was in Snohomish, Washington. It said Robert was 17, was attending school, and had finished the 8th grade.He enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 22, 1940, and 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.
Sources: The Daily Tribune of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin; Census; Navy muster roll; draft registration card.; U.S. Department of Defense. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.