Aydell, Miller Xaiver, WT2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1938-1941, WT-0000, USS Arizona (BB-39)
Service Years
1937 - 1941
WT-Water Tender
One Hash Mark

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
French Settlement, LA
Last Address
French Settlement, LA
(Father~Austin Xavier Aydell)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
USS ARIZONA (BB-39) - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Entombed in the Hull of the Arizona

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 Tributes from Members  
First parish casualty of World War II posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1937, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1938-1941, WT-0000, USS Arizona (BB-39)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 08, 1937, Service Entry Date & Serial Number 274-31-17
  Jan 25, 1938, Received on the USS Arizona
  Jan 05, 2017, General Photos4
  Jan 05, 2017, Memorial Marker also at Whitehall Community Cemetery Whitehall, LA1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Petty Officer Second Class Miller Aydell was Killed in Action on December 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He was stationed aboard the USS Arizona BB39.

Miller Aydell wanted to go to college. One of 10 graduates from French Settlement High School's Class of 1937, he planned to attend what is now Southeastern Louisiana University. The son of Austin and Theresa Aydell had one sister, Palmire, and was well-liked in the close-knit bayou community of French Settlement. He designed a Class of '37 graduation invitation as a six pointed star inside a five-pointed star, with each classmate and one teacher's name at the end of each point. He wanted to go to college and could have gone right after graduation, but first, to save money, he would dedicate four years of his youth to the United States Navy.

It was peace time, and two of Miller's first cousins, Victor and Alvin Aydell, had completed successful tours of duty with the Navy. It seemed like a good way to see some of the world, follow in his family's footsteps, and save money for his college education.

Miller enlisted in 1937 and attended boot camp training at San Diego. He requested an assignment to the same ship on which his cousins had previously served. 

By 1937, when Miller Aydell enlisted in the Navy, the ship had begun participating in fleet maneuvers from the waters along the Pacific Coast. In 1938, it became the flagship for Battleship Division 1. As a member of the Pacific Fleet, Miller Aydell and the ship he had requested to serve on participated in a variety of tactical exercises and battle maneuvers.

He paid a visit to his home after boot camp, but once he was on his ship, he never returned to French Settlement. He frequently wrote to his family and spoke often of coming home and going to college. He often visited his cousins Victor and Alvin in San Diego.

His four years completed on Oct. 7, 1941, Miller Aydell was ready to come home to French Settlement and enroll in college as he had dreamed. His ship was temporarily docked for repairs and renovations, but in anticipation of his discharge and return home, he shipped his trunk with his books, his personal items, and all but the bare necessities, keeping only his required sea bag of clothing.

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 Military Association Memberships
USS Arizona MemorialWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
WW II Memorial National Registry
  2012, USS Arizona Memorial [Verified]
  2017, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry
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