Raymond Books

Infantryman is Killed in France
Private First Class Donald Books was killed in action in France on August 5, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Books, 126 Ferry Street, on August 26. 

Private First Class Books was first gunner with a machine gun squad in the Infantry. 

He entered the service in January 1943; trained at Camp Robinson, AR; Fort Meade, MD and Camp McCoy, WI; arrived in England in April, and went to France in June.

Besides his parents, he is survived by four brothers, Private First Class Raymond Books, in Italy; Private Willis Books, Camp Croft, SC; Louis and Lyle, at home; and one sister, Marjorie.

Private First Class Donald Books is a cousin of Lieutenant Dallas Books, Army Air Corps, pilot, son of Fire Chief and Mrs. O. T. Books, who was killed in action in the European Theater a short time ago.


Servicemen's Letters Tell of Life in Italy and New Guinea
The following letter, written June 8 in Italy, by Corporal Forrest Berg to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Berg, Rock Falls, tells of meeting friends from this locality in Italy:

"Dear Folks,

"It's quite awhile since my last letter but, as you know, there has been a lot going on and I haven't had much time to write.

"I had a pretty good birthday because, the day after it, we got our first beer and coke again. That afternoon, Raymond Books came and looked me up. We talked all afternoon. Tell his mother that we met. We may not have a chance to meet again, but I'll try to keep track of his outfit.

"A few days after that, I talked with some boys from Frank Norrish's outfit, but I couldn't get to look him up.

"This morning I contacted some fellows from another outfit with a lot of Wisconsin boys. I saw quite a few from Eau Claire, including Elmer Wikan. We remembered each other and talked about the time we went to school together in New Auburn. His brother, Walter, is a captain.

"Everything looks good and the news is good. It makes all of us feel like ending this thing.

"Greet all the folks, and so long for now,

"Love,  FORREST"


Corporal Willis E. Books, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allie Books, has arrived in Italy, according to word received by his wife, who resides at 1227 Bellevue Avenue. 

Corporal Books entered the service on May 26, 1943 and received his training at Camp Croft, SC and Fort George G. Meade, MD. 

He is serving in the Infantry. 

He has one brother, Raymond, who is serving in the Field Artillery in southern France. Another brother, Donald, who served in a machine gun squad, was killed in action in France, August 5, last. A third brother, Louis, is waiting his call to the Merchant Marines.


Private First Class Raymond Books, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Books, 126 Ferry Street, is home on a short furlough, after serving overseas in the Field Artillery. He has been stationed at Kiska since the first of July. He will return to California, early in January, to report for duty.