Herbert Oren Julian, service number 2951427. He was the son of Bert Lee Julian and Ethel Willie Huffaker. He married Francis Elizabeth Burchell and the couple had two children, Delores Jean Julian and Herbert Oren Julian Jr.. Herbert was a Young High School graduate and left Knoxville to join the Navy in 1927.

He is memorialized at East Coast Memorial in New York, NY

On 31 January 1942 Herbert Julian was transferred and attached to Patrol Squadron 73. Passenger on the U.S.S. Albemarie (AV5).

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 19 March 1939
You don’t have to wait for war to see aviators crash to their death thousands of feet below, says Herbert Julian, Knoxville naval pilot. He has just completed a 13-months course at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. While Pilot Julian was in training, he participated in five military funerals. In one he was a pallbearer. And he was in flight formation when one pilot in training went down. ‘We were flying V-shaped about 4500 feet high,” he said. “Two planes started to exchange positions, a part of the formation flight. One of the planes was just over the other and the pilot couldn’t see the plane just below him. The plane above came down on top of the other. Both planes crashed. The man in the plane above was killed. I was a pallbearer at the funeral of this pilot.” Mr. Julian is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Julian, Knoxville, Route 9. Soon he will go to Norfolk to take up naval flying.

The Knoxville Journal, 21 June 1942
Knoxville relatives have been notified by the Navy Department this week that Chief Petty Officer Herbert O. Julian, engaged in ferrying planes out of the USA, is missing. Julian’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Julian, and his wife and four-year-old daughter Delores Jean, live at Knoxville, Route 9. He has a brother, L.N. Julian, 620 Ben Hur Avenue. At present his wife is visiting her parents in Dahlgren, Va. He is reported missing June 8. When last heard from he was in New York, setting out for an overseas assignment. He has been ferrying planes for the last five years and has been in the Navy since 1927. He entered then as a radio operator and served for some time as an airplane mechanic. Julian was home for a short period last summer. He formerly lived in Knoxville, and was graduated from Young High School.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 6 April 1943
Herbert Julian, chief aviation pilot with the Navy and son of Mr. and Mrs. B.L. Julian of Woodlawn Pike, has been killed in action, a Navy report announced today. Pilot Julian had been reported missing in action last October. He had operated with the Fleet in the Atlantic. He was among 13 new casualties listed in the Navy report. His widow is Mrs. Frances Julian of Knoxville.

  • Rank: Aviation Pilot, First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 12 February 1911
  • Date of death: 8 June 1942
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: East Coast Memorial, New York, NY
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
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