PFC William D. Harmon,

Unknown Sailor

PFC William D. Harmon

William Daniel Harmon was born Oct. 28, 1919 at Vancouver, Washington across from Portland, Oregon. His mother, Jeanette Elwell Harmon, was a homemaker and his father, Dan M. Harmon, a farmer.

The father died on Dec. 28, 1921, probably of a stroke, at the age of 56.

The mother remarried in 1926, but the 1930 Census said she was the head of a household that included her son and a daughter. The mother worked cleaning a hotel in The Dalles, Oregon. She divorced and married twice more by about 1938.

William Harmon enlisted in the Marines on Nov. 22, 1939 in Portland. He was a private first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.


Sources: Census; Marine muster roll; U.S. Department of Veterans Administration; Washington marriage and death certificates. Marine photograph. 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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