Earl L. Kent

Wounds Received In Belgium Serious; Brother In Pacific


Staff Sergeant Earl L. Kent, Eau Claire, was seriously wounded in Belgium on January 30, according to a War Department notification received by his wife, the former Grace Dreysse, who is making her home in Mondovi for the present. 

His brother, Private Alex A. Kent, is serving with the U.S. Marine Corps somewhere in the South Pacific. He entered the Marines in June1944 and received his training at Camp Pendleton and San Diego, CA. His wife, Irene, lives at 617 Union Street. Private Kent went overseas in November 1944. 

Staff Sergeant Kent, who was serving with an Infantry regiment in Belgium, at the time of the counterattack, and was believed to be somewhere in Germany until the War Department telegram was received, was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge on December 24, 1944. He wrote his wife that he had captured two Germans on January 1, 1945. 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort Snelling, MN in 1938 and was stationed there for about a year. He was then transferred to Camp Jackson, SC;  from there, to Louisiana for maneuvers, and then to Camp Wheeler, Macon, GA, where he received an honorable discharge on June 17, 1941. 

The Staff Sergeant re-enlisted in the Army in December 1942 at Camp Butner, NC. From there, he was transferred to Camp Pickett, VA. He was sent overseas with his division to England; from there to Belgium.