GM3c William Fraser Ross

Unknown Sailor

GM3c William Fraser Ross

William Fraser Ross was born in Canada on May 17, 1918.

By 1925 he was living in Queens, New York with his father, Donald, a plasterer, and his mother, Annie, a homemaker. She was a Scottish immigrant.

The 1940 Census said the son had graduated from high school. He earned $120 working as a gardener for eight weeks in 1939 at the World’s Fair, which opened that spring in Queens. The family lived in Richmond Hill south of Forest Hills.

He enlisted in the Navy on Sept. 4, 1940, and was a gunner’s mate and petty officer third class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Mr. Ross was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Queens.


Sources: The Brooklyn (New York) Daily Eagle; Census; 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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