Bert L. Crain

Pfc. Bert Crain Killed on Leyte
Private First Class Bert L. Crain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Crain, 740 Coleman Street, was killed in action at Leyte, Philippine Islands, according to a War Department telegram received here Saturday. Bert was in a medical detachment with the 38th Infantry Division, having been in service since February 6, 1942.

He was stationed at Hawaii in December 1943; then entered the New Guinea Campaign in July 1944. He left with invasion forces for the Philippines and was killed December 5, the day when the Japanese launched their heaviest attack in Ormoc Valley, on Leyte.

His last letter was dated November 1944, when he was preparing to leave New Guinea. Private First Class Sylvan Bowe, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Frank Bowe, 534 Olive Street, was the only other Chippewa Falls soldier in Crain's unit, and they were together almost three years. He wrote his parents that they were bombed 11 times before arriving at their port, and also mentioned the tragedy that had befallen Crain, but did not say how he met his death. Crain was graduated from Chippewa High School in 1935.