BAIRD, Billy Bryon - S1/c USN - Indiana

Billy Byron Baird S1c

Billy Byron Baird S1c

Billy Byron Baird

Seaman First Class

Billy Byron Baird S1c

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  • Branch: United States Navy
  • Service Number: 291 65 70
  • Rate: S1/c (Seaman First Class)
  • Duties: Know naval drill duties, knots, steering and signaling. Stand watch and gunnery duties.
  • Enlisted: 8 October 1940
  • Place: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Onboard USS Arizona: 9 December 1940
  • From: NTS Great Lakes
  • Legal Name: William Bowman Baird
  • Date of Birth: Abt. 1922
  • Place of Birth: Indiana
  • School: Delphi High School, Delphi, Indiana
  • Hometown / State December 1941: Pittsburg, Indiana
  • Next of Kin: Mrs. Verna Baird - Mother
  • Address: Pittsburg, Indiana
  • Disposition: Unrecoverable – Among the 900+ souls still onboard the USS Arizona
  • Posthumous Awards: Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal w/Fleet Clasp, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/Star, WWII Victory Medal

William Bowman Baird, son of Mrs. Verna Baird of Pittsburg, was the first county man reported killed in the war with Japan. A member of the crew of the U.S.S. Arizona, Baird is presumed to have gone down with the warship in Pearl Harbor.

The 32,600-ton vessel was reported hit in one funnel and Baird, who was in the radio compartment, is believed to have been killed by the blast. The telegram stated, that the Pittsburg youth was "missing in action".

Baird enlisted in the Navy shortly after his graduation from the Delphi high school in 1940. An affable young man, he was one of the most popular students of the local high school. He made his home for several years with his grandmother, Mrs. George Bowman of Pittsburg. He has no brother or sisters.

Byron Baird, father of William, served with Battery C. 137th Field Artillery, in the A.E.F. during the World War.

Obituary notice taken from the Delphi Citizen, Thursday, December 25, 1941

Information researched and compiled by N. A. Nease and provided on USSARIZONA.ORG free of charge.
May not be reprinted in any form, other than educational use, without prior written permission of the author.