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Clarence Rankin Patterson, Jr.
|HOME OF RECORD
1109 East 1st Street, Long Beach, CA*
(raised Denton County, TX)
|NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Jadene L. Patterson*
(Parents, Clarence Sr. & Lillian Patterson)
|DATE OF BIRTH
April 9, 1920
|DATE OF ENLISTMENT
August 15, 1940
|DATE OF LOSS
December 7, 1941
|CAMPAIGN / AREA
|CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Patterson was last known to be aboard the USS Arizona before the ship exploded and sank at Pearl Harbor.
He was declared killed in action on this date.
|LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
|STATUS OF REMAINS
Believed to rest aboard USS Arizona.
USS Arizona Memorial
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacifi
* Note: Although “Mrs. Jadene L. Patterson” of Long Beach is listed on WWII casualty rolls as Clarence’s next of kin, family accounts state that this was a fraudulent claim by “Jadene” for his life insurance payout. Clarence’s parents, Lillian and Clarence Patterson Senior, were tenant farmers in Texas; he also had two older sisters, Pauline and Iris. Thanks to Michelle Hildebrand for this information.
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