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