S1c Russell Lewis Sidders

Unknown Sailor

S1c Russell Lewis Sidders

Russell Lewis Sidders was born Aug. 13, 1919 on a farm 30 miles north of Dayton, Ohio near St. Paris, population 1,308. His father, Harry Ellsworth Sidders, was a farmer and his mother, Elizabeth Euphemia Barger Sidders, a homemaker. 

By 1930 the family was in Harrison Township about 10 miles northeast of St. Paris. He attended Christiansburg-Jackson School at St. Paris.

Mr. Sidders enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 27, 1939 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.

Family, friends, and the American Legion honored him at afternoon services on Memorial Day 1942 at Wesley Chapel Cemetery about 15 minutes from where he grew up.

Sources: Piqua (Ohio) Daily Call; Urbana (Ohio) Daily Citizen; Census; Ohio birth index; Navy muster roll. 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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