Ray A. Bailey

Two Eau Claire soldiers are taking part in Here's Your Infantry, demonstration units touring the nation for the Seventh War Loan Drive. Besides Lieutenant Robert A. Trimbell, mentioned in an item appearing yesterday, Sergeant Ray A. Bailey, 738 Lake Drive, is with one of the Infantry groups. Neither Eau Claire man is listed with the Infantry unit to appear in Eau Claire.  There are 255 such units on the road during the bond drive.

Original Company B Men at New Guinea
Bottom row: (left to right) Private First Class Gerald Westberg, Eau Claire; Technical Sergeant Pete Edington, Cumberland; Staff Sergeant Clifford Rude, Eau Claire; Staff Sergeant Ray Bailey, Eau Claire; Private First Class William Heiman, Eau Claire.
Top row: Staff Sergeant Roy Campbell, Eau Claire; Private First Class Francis Nutter, Augusta; Staff Sergeant Thomas Findley, Chippewa Falls; Technical Sergeant Cornelius Verdon, Eau Claire; Private First Class Raymond Fosberg, Eau Claire; Staff Sergeant Rupert L. Henneman, Eau Claire.

Eleven of the original members of Eau Claire's Company B, 128th Infantry are still serving with the unit in New Guinea.

Others that started service with the group are furloughed home, have been casualties, or were transferred to other units.

Company B was mobilized on October 15, 1940 and left for Camp Beauregard, LA on October 22, 1940.

The men pictured here have taken part in every action in which the company has fought. Some of them have been wounded once, twice and one of them three times.

The photograph was taken after a battle near Itape, New Guinea on September 3, last.

Before going to New Guinea, they were stationed at Australia and also fought at Buna.