Russell Dale Corning was born Nov. 30, 1920 in the central Colorado county of Fremont. His mother, Margaret “Maggie” Miller Corning, was a homemaker, and his father, Hadley Corning, a farmer.
Russell was the youngest of their three children, born when his parents were in their 40s. He moved with his parents after 1935 to Denver, where he graduated from East High School in 1939. He played sax in the dance orchestra and was in the band.
Mr. Corning enlisted in the Naval Reserve on Jan. 23, 1940, and was a radioman and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
His brother, Leon, served in the Army in 1944.
Sources: The Denver (Colorado) Post; Colorado marriage license; Census; Navy muster roll; East High yearbook; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs death file. East High yearbook photo.