Duane C. Cornell

S/SGT. DUANE CORNELL
Staff Sergeant Duane C. Cornell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cornell, Route 3, Eau Claire, has arrived in France, according to word received here.

Sergeant Cornell entered the service in November 1941 and is in the Field Artillery.

His brother, Jack, is also serving in France.


Field Artillery Staff Sergeant Killed In Action
S/SGT. DUANE CORNELL
Staff Sergeant Duane Cornell, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cornell, Route 3, Eau Claire, was killed in action in France on July 27. His parents were notified by the War Department Sunday.

Staff Sergeant Cornell was born on March 7, 1920. He was graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1938, attended Eau Claire State Teachers College for two years, and was attending college at River Falls when called into service on November 25, 1941.

He received training at Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Jackson, SC; Camp Blanding, FL; and Camp Atterbury, IN, going to England in February 1944.

He landed in France with a Field Artillery unit a few days after D-day.

Surviving are his parents; one sister, Mrs. Ervin Dewitt, Rt. [?]; and one brother, Jack Cornell, a Corporal with an Army Engineer Unit in France.


Hold Memorial Service for Sgt. Cornell Sunday
Memorial services for Staff Sergeant Duane Cornell will be held in First Lutheran Church, Sunday afternoon at 4:30 pm.

Sergeant Cornell was killed in action in France on July 27. Patriotic organizations of the city will participate.


Posthumous Award of Purple Heart
The Purple Heart Medal has been awarded posthumously to Staff Sergeant Duane Cornell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Cornell, Eau Claire, Route 3.

Staff Sergeant Cornell was fatally wounded in action on July 27, 1944 and is buried in an American cemetery in Isigny, France.

He was graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1938 and was attending River Falls State Teachers College, when he entered service on November 26,1941.