Francis George Ash

Killed in Action in South Pacific
PFC. FRANCIS ASH
Private First Class Francis George Ash, United States Marine Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ash, Elk Creek Lake, was killed in action in performance of duty in the service of his country in the South Pacific, September 29, according to a War Department telegram received by his parents Wednesday evening.

He graduated from Eau Claire Senior High School in 1943.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in December 1942 and received his training at San Diego, CA and has served in the South Pacific since November 6, 1943.

Besides his parents, he is survived by one sister, Margaret; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ash and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Clark; and several other relatives.

Memorial services will be announced later.


Hold Memorial Services Sunday for Pfc. F. Ash
MEMORIAL services for Private First Class Francis G. Ash, United States Marine Corps, will be held Sunday afternoon, December 10, at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist Church, Lake Street.

In the absence of the Reverend Henry Friedman, pastor, the Reverend M. R. Siemens will officiate.

Military rites will be accorded by members of local veterans organizations who will attend the services. Officials of the American Legion will present the flag.

Private First Class Ash, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ash, Elk Creek Lake, was killed in action in the South Pacific on September 29.


Purple Heart Awarded Pfc. Ash Posthumously
The Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to Private First Class Francis G. Ash, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ash, Elk Creek Lake, and also the Asiatic Campaign Medal. Private First Class Ash died of wounds received at Palau Islands in the Pacific on September 29. He is buried in the Pelelieu Cemetery.