Joseph F. Ellis

Killed in Action with MacArthur's Forces on Leyte

Private Joseph F. Ellis III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Ellis, 710 Fifth Avenue, who was killed in action on Leyte, Philippine Islands on October 25, was graduated from Eau Claire High School in 1941. He then attended Iowa State University, studying forestry for two years. 

Private First Class Ellis entered the service on March 15, 1943. He had his basic training at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Little Rock, AR. He was sent to the University of Louisiana at Baton Rouge for examinations and interview and then to Lake Forest University, Lake Forest, IL for a course in engineering in the Army Specialized Training Program. He remained there until this program was discontinued last March, when he was sent to Camp White, OR with the 96th Infantry Division, which took part in the invasion of Leyte with General MacArthur. He had amphibious training at Camp Callan on Marine landing boats.

While at Iowa State University, Private First Class Ellis was a member of the Phi Delta Theta  Fraternity, was a member of the Forestry Club, and was on the staff of the Ames Forester, the oldest continually published magazine of its kind in the United States. He also won honors in swimming and archery.  

He was born in Eau Claire and would have been 21 years of age on December 17. His death on Leyte on October 25 occurred on the 25th wedding anniversary at his parents. 

Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. C.T. Downs of Chicago and one niece, Sharon Ann Downs. 

The first word Mr. and Mrs. Ellis had on the death of their son in action came Friday night, when a man in Louisville, Ohio called to tell them that his son, John Edwards, had written home about the death of his friend, Private Ellis. Mr. Edwards presumed that the Ellises had already been notified by the War Department, but the War Department telegram did not arrive until Saturday morning.

Mr. Edwards said  that his son John had been with Private Ellis throughout their training at Lake Forest and Camp White, OR, and they were together in the landing at Leyte. He said Private Ellis apparently struck a mine in the shallow water near the beach.

Pvt. J. F. Ellis Killed on Leyte
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Ellis, 710 Fifth Avenue, received a telegram from the War Department this morning, informing them that their son, Private Joseph F. Ellis III, 20, had been killed in action on Leyte, Philippine Islands on October 25.

MEMORIAL SERVICE for Joseph Ellis, killed in action on Leyte in October, will be held this morning at 11 o'clock at the First Congregational Church.