|Birth: ||Dec. 3, 1925|
|Death: ||Mar. 20, 1946, Philippines|
A telegram arrived for Dorris S. Laughlin of Woodland neighborhood, advising him of the death of only his son, Harry Lee Laughlin. He was on board his ship at sea, en route to Guiuan, Philippines when he was killed.
Harry Lee, son of D. S. Laughlin, and Mrs. L. K. Langford of Elgin, Ill., was born in Indiana on December 3, 1925. He was 20 years, 3 months, and 17 days old. He spent most of his life here in Lineville attending and finishing the Lineville High School. He was a good pupil and liked by his schoolmates.
He enlisted in the service of his country in 1943 for three years service. His time would have expired December 13, at which time, in a letter written in February to his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Laughlin, he was planning on coming home.
Harry Lee was in the prime of life when he gave his life in the service of his country, and no man can do more.
Following is the telegram received: 801 a.m. March 23, 1946 WUX Washington, C. C. 6:39 pm Mar. 22 Dorris S. Laughlin Lineville Iowa
I deeply regret to inform you of the death of your son Harry Lee Laughlin seaman first class U.S.N. on March 20, 1946 as a result of being struck by falling crane boom, in the service of his country. His remains were interred in an allied cemetery, Leyte. Further details received you will be informed. Sincerest sympathy is extended to you in you great loss. Vice Admiral Louis Denfield the Chief of Naval personnel.
Leyte Cemetery was a temporary cemetery created by the military during wartime. After the war, fallen men and women were disinterred and sent back home to loved ones, or if families made the request, were re-buried in permanent military cemeteries. This was the case with Harry. His mother asked that he remain with his fellow fallen soldiers, and he was buried in Manila.
His mother placed a memorial stone near where she was to be buried in Iowa. Another memorial exists for that location.
Seaman 1C USN Illinois
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: F, Row 13, Grave 51
Maintained by: Renae✫
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56770797
Added: Mar. 16, 2015
Remembering you on Veteran's Day.|
Added: Nov. 12, 2014
Remembering my cousin this Memorial Day weekend. Thank you, Harry, for my freedom.|
Added: May. 24, 2014
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