In Memory of
Army Pfc.
James L. Bailey
Mitchell, South Dakota
Davison County
August 25, 1923 – February 14, 1945
Killed in Action at Manila, Philippine Islands

 James L. Bailey

James L. Bailey was born on August 25, 1923, at Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Ross and Ellen Bailey.  He had two brothers, Howard and F.R., and one sister, Marie. James went to school in Mitchell, South Dakota, and was attending Mitchell High School when he entered the service.

On March 10, 1943, James entered active service at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Pvt. Bailey was stationed within the continental US from March 10, 1943 until October of 1943, when he was shipped overseas to the Pacific theater. Bailey saw combat at Bougainville and the Philippines. Shortly before his death, he made the rank of Private First Class.

In a letter dated March 12, 1945, James’ mother, Ellen, received the following words from the War Department:

It is with regret that I am writing to confirm the recent telegram
informing you of the death of your son, Private First Class James
L. Bailey, 37,554,852, Infantry, who was killed in action on 14
February 1945 in Manila, Philippine Islands.

Pfc. James L. Bailey was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. He is not listed by the American Battle Monuments Commission as being buried overseas.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD bonus payment, and the Daily Republic, including the 3/16/45 edition.