|Birth: ||Aug. 15, 1918|
|Death: ||May 11, 1945, At Sea|
Burial Is Made At Sea With Full Military Honors
Telegrams around here Saturday night from the navy department announcing the death in action of Milton N. Foley, MMR3/c who gave his life while in the service of his country. One telegram came to Myrna Foley, his wife, and the other went to Mrs. Elizabeth Foley, the victim's mother. He was 26 years of age.
The message was signed by Vice Admiral Randall Jacobs, chief of the naval personnel and stated that the war victim was buried at sea with full military honors.
The message also advised not to divulge the name of the ship or station to prevent possible aid to the enemy. Foley was a motor machinist mate, refrigeration, 3/c, and was stationed on a carrier task force in the water around the Japanese empire.
Thirty days after the task force had visited a place, crew members were allowed to tell where they were. He informed his wife that his first raid was on Tokyo and from there the task force went to Iwo Jima. Following this battle they took part in the battle of Okinawa.
The last letter received by his wife was dated May 10 in which he stated that they "had more luck than sense," and that he was looking forward to a transfer.
MMR3/c Foley enlisted in the Navy in December, 1942 and took his boot training at Great Lakes. He has been on the water for two years and on the same carrier since it was commissioned in May, 1943.
Before enlisting in the navy he worked at the Wells Dairy.
He was born on a farm near Le Mars and received his education here.
Survivors include his wife, who is employed by the bookkeeping department of Wells Dairy; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Foley; two sisters, Mrs. Hilton Pecks of Le Mars, and Mrs. Oral Haage, Gettysburg, S.D., and a brother, Bill Foley of Le Mars.
Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, IA, May 29, 1945, p1, c3
MILTON N. FOLEY, MACHINIST MATE KILLED IN ACTION
Body Was Buried At Sea Somehwhere In The Pacific
Milton N. Foley, 26, machinist mate third class, U.S.N.R., son of Mrs. Elizabeth Foley of 201 First Avenue NE, and husband of Myrna Eilers Foley, was reported killed in action in the Pacific area, date of which was not given.
The navy department Saturday wired Mrs. Elizabeth Foley, the mother, and Mrs. Myrna Eilers Foley, the wife, as follows:
"The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that you son (and husband) was killed in action while in the service of his country. The Department extends to you its sincerest sympathy in your great loss. His remains were buried at sea with full military honors. If further details are received you will be informed. To prevent possible aid to our enemies please do not divulge the name of his ship or station. Signed, Vice-Admiral Randall Jacobs, chief of Navy Personnel."
Machinist Mate Milton N. Foley was born August 15, 1918, on a farm four miles east of LeMars. He attended St. Joseph school, and prior to entering the navy was employed for five years by the Wells dairy. He entered the navy December 12, 1942, and received his training at the Great Lakes Naval Station. He was promoted to his present rank May 1, 1945.
Mr. Foley was married December 13, 1945, to Myrna Eilers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Eilers of LeMars.
In addition to his wife and mother, Mr. Foley is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Hilton Pecks of LeMars; Mrs. Oral Hagge, Gettysburg, S.D., and one brother, William of LeMars.
Sioux Center News, IA, Thursday, June 7, 1945, p2, c5
Husband of Ireton Girl Killed In Action
Milton N. Foley, 26, machinist-mate 3/c, U.S.N.R., son of Mrs. Elizabeth Foley of LeMars and husband of the former Myrna Eilers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Eilers, was reported killed in action in the Pacific area, date of which was not given. His remains were buried at sea with full military honors. The name of the ship and station are unknown. He was born August 18, 1918 on a farm four miles east of LeMars. He attended St. Joseph school and prior to entering the navy was employed at the Wells Dairy for five years. Entered the service Dec. 12, 1942 and received his training at the Great Lakes Naval Station and was promoted to the present rank May 1, 1945. He was married Dec. 13, 1944 to Myrna Eilers. Surviving are his wife, mother, and two sisters, Mrs. Hilton Pecks of LeMars, and Mrs. Oral Hagge of Gettysburg, S.D., and a brother, William.
Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, IA, Tuesday, June 16, 1945, p1, c6, 7
Commanding Officer Of Serviceman Tells Wife Of Milton Foley Death
Was Killed By
Jap Suicide Bombs
In Southwest Pacific
Mrs. Myrna Foley, wife of Milton N. Foley, MMR 3/c, U.S.N.R., received word on Saturday from Captain G. A. Seitz as to the death of her husband, which occurred on May 11, 1945, in combat area near Japan. The letter in part is as follows:
"Your husband's death on May 11, 1945, was caused by enemy bombing attacks against this vessel while operating in forward combat area near Japan. Insofar as I can ascertain his death was without suffering and in all probability instantaneous. Due to battle conditions it was of course necessary to bury his body at sea. This was done with all dignity and reverence on May 12, 1945, with burial services conducted by our Roman Catholic chaplain. In addition memorial services with full military honors were held on May 20, 1945, with the ship's company in attendance.
Milton's work was the maintenance of our refrigeration and air conditioning equipment aboard this ship. His cheerful manner and his devotion to dury had won him the friendship of all who came in contact with him. We shall miss him greatly. I can assure you that we who have been granted the opportunity to carry on the fight for him are determined that his death shall not have been in vain. Very sincerely yours, G. A. Seitz, Captain U. S. Navy, Commanding."
William Francis Foley (1884 - 1939)
Elizabeth Margaret Therens Foley (1891 - 1980)
Dorothy Ann Foley Pecks (1915 - 2008)*
Milton Nicholas Foley (1918 - 1945)
Jean Mary Foley Schjodt (1923 - 1950)*
Body buried at sea
Created by: Jane Marie Morrison
Record added: Jan 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 82835435