Seaman 2nd Class Charlie Leroy Burnett was shipped aboard the USS Arizona BB-39. On 7 December 1941 the Arizona was moored in Pearl Harbor off Ford Island on Battleship Row when Naval Aircraft of the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack. The Arizona was struck by bombs, which set off the forward magazine and killed most of the crew including Seaman Burnett. He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii.

Father: Mr. Joseph Marshall Burnett, Rt 3, Seymour, TN.

The Knoxville Journal, December 25, 1941
Sevier Countian missing after the surprise Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, is Charles LeRoy Burnett, , son of J.M. Burnett, Seymour. Relatives yesterday received Christmas cards mailed by Burnett before the surprise attack Dec. 7. Burnett was a Cook on the USS Arizona. He volunteered 18 months ago.

  • Rank: Seaman Second Class
  • Date of death: 7 December 1941
  • County: Sevier
  • Hometown: Seymour
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Arizona BB-39
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Pearl Harbor
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVII, Bottom Panel
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