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Yale’s first casualty in World War II

On December 1, 1941, Ensign Edward S. Gosselin ’40S wrote home to his parents from the USS Arizona. “Mother & Dad, there is a very slim chance that I may be able to get home for a couple of days around Christmas time. . . . I'm not very optimistic about it all; however, it’s something great to think about. I’ll be hoping.”

Six days later—75 years ago today—Gosselin was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, becoming the first of 514 Yale alumni, students, and faculty to die in the war. The USS Gosselin, a high-speed transport ship named in his honor, was one of the first ships to enter Tokyo Bay in September 1945. 

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