Vernon Bellows

Brother Killed on Leyte
PVT. DOUGLAS BELLOWS
Private Douglas Bellows, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Bellows, 609 Keith Street, Eau Claire, was reported killed in action on Leyte, Philippine Islands on December 30, 1944 in a telegram from the War Department.

Private Bellows entered the service on January 23, 1943. He was a member of a tank battalion and received training at Camp Knox, KY; Camp Bowie, TX; and Camp Pickett, VA. He also had desert training in California. 

He saw action on both Guam and Leyte before his death.

Mr. and Mrs. Bellows have two other sons in service, Private Vernon Bellows, Manchester, New Hampshire, and Seaman First Class Lloyd M. Bellows, now in South America.


Hold Memorial Services Sunday for Pvt. Bellows
Memorial services  for Private Douglas Wesley Bellows will be held in the Bethel Baptist Church Sunday at 2:30 pm with the Reverend Arnold C. Barry officiating. 

Douglas Wesley Bellows was born in Eau Claire, March 3, 1924, and attended the public schools of this city. He enlisted in the Army in 1943, receiving his training at Fort Knox, KY; Camp Bowie, TX; and Camp Picket, VA. Private Bellows was a member of Company D, 706th Tank Battalion, 77th Infantry Division. His last furlough home was in January 1944 and he left for Hawaii in April 1944. From Hawaii, he was transferred to Guam and, later, to Leyte, Philippine Islands, where he met death while in action on December 30, 1944. A letter from his chaplain contained the information that he was buried in the U.S. Armed Forces Cemetery, Valencia, Leyte, Philippine Islands, Grave No. 138. Letters of sympathy and commendation were also received from Douglas' company commander and General MacArthur.

Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Bellows of 609 Keith Street; four brothers, Lloyd in the Navy, Vernon in the Air Corps, Bruce of Eau Claire, and Lawrence of Janesville; three sisters, Mrs. Clyde Hopkins and Mrs. Kenneth Luer of this city, Mrs. Edwin Sova of Paso Robles, CA; six nieces and nine nephews.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and War Dads are invited to attend the services.


Private First Class Vernon Bellows has arrived from Labrador to spend a 15-day furlough with his wife and two sons, Route 3, Eau Claire, and also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Bellows, Keith Street.


Private First Class Vernon Bellows, U.S. Army, has returned to his base somewhere in Labrador, after spending a 16-day furlough with his wife, sons, and other relatives.