Unknown Sailor

S2c William Howard Brown

William Howard “Buzz” Brown was born in Cascades country in Devitt, Oregon north of California on Feb. 7, 1923. His mother, Evelyn Brazzeal Brown, was a homemaker and his father, William Franklin Brown, a locomotive engineer.

By the time of the spring 1940 Census the family, which included a daughter who was about three years older, lived in Newport, Oregon. The son had completed high school.

He enlisted in the Naval Reserve on June 24, 1941, and was a seaman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.


Sources: Census, Navy muster roll. Navy photo. 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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