Dec. 7, 1941: "A Date That Will Live in Infamy"

Q: Did any Beaufort County residents die during the attack on Pearl Harbor?

A: At least two Beaufort men died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Beaufort Gazette issue on New Year's Day, 1942 identified the brothers as Leon Wellington Bush and Samuel Jackson Bush, sons of Navy veteran, Adam W. Bush, steward of the American Legion Post No. 9.

You can read the article in the Beaufort Gazette microfilm at Beaufort and/or Hilton Head Branch Libraries. The citation is "Beaufort Lost Two Citizens at Pearl Harbor," Beaufort Gazette, Jan. 1, 1942, p. 1.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
 
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.