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Warren Daniel Tattenham

 

        Warren Daniel Tattenham was a member of the Spring Class of 1943 at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco.

        He was born on June 5, 1925, to Frank H. and Elizabeth Dolores (Gould) Tattenham in San Francisco. His father was born in Texas on July 31, 1898, and died on February 25, 1987 in San Mateo County, California. His mother, Elizabeth, was born in California on October 18, 1901, and died in San Francisco on December 17, 1991.

        Warren had a brother, Frank, and two sisters, Beverly and Delores.

        Frank attended Aptos Junior High and Polytechnic High School.

        Beverly married Victor Scafani at St. Emydius Catholic Church in San Francisco, and two children were born to this marriage: Laurel Ann and Brent Francis.

        Delores married Robert Johnson and had three daughters and one son: Linda, Karen, Judy, and Richard.

        Warren attended Corpus Christi Grammar School, St Ignatius High School for one year, and then enrolled at Abraham Lincoln during his sophomore yer. He transferred because he was interested in the industrial arts program, particularly machine shop, offered at Lincoln. While at Lincoln, he participted as a member of the 1942 lightweight track team.

        According to Charles Dorsett, an enthusiast for model airplanes, Tat was a fast runner and his speed came in handy when chasing down the model airplanes. Tat and Chuck built and flew model airplanes. They built them at the Junior Museum on Ocean Avenue and at Tat's workshop in his basement.

        They had contests flying their planes on the vacant land west of San Francisco Junior College. The Tattenham family lived on Manor Drive, near the El Rey Theater.

        He withdrew from Lincoln before graduating and was attending Drews School at the time he was drafted into the Army.

        His name appears in the 1944-1945 Abraham Lincoln High School Roundup as deceased in the section devoted to the alumni who were in the service of their country.

        His name appears in the World War II Honor List of Dead & Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from California, as being a private first class killed in action.

        He was killed in action in the Battle of Metz in France on November 18, 1944, while assigned to a unit of General George Patton's Third Army.

        He was initally interred in France, but his remains were disinterred and returned to the United States for reinternment on June 23, 1949, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, San Mateo County, California.