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PFC Lawrence Edward Backus

PFC Lawrence Edward Backus

Birth
Clifton Springs, Ontario County, New York, USA
Death 26 Oct 1942 (aged 19)
Samoa
Burial Phelps, Ontario County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 72437391 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. Mervin S. Baker.

Lawrence served as a Private First Class in the 7th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corp during World War II.

He resided at 1019 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war.

He was "Killed In Action" in the Solomons during the war and was awarded a Purple Heart.

CLIFTON SPRINGS REVIEW, CLIFTON SPRINGS, N.Y., FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 1948

SERVICES TO BE HELD SUNDAY
Mrs. Ethel Backus Baker of Rochester, formerly of Clifton Springs, has received word from the War Department that the body of her son, PFC Lawrence Edward Backus is expected to arrive in Clifton Springs this evening (Friday) at 8:00 p.m.
The body will be at Weld’s Funeral Home, 26 Main Street until Sunday afternoon when it will be taken to the Clifton Springs Methodist Church where funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Anthony Luddens of the Brighton Reform Church will officiate; assisted by Rev. Orson M. Case of the Clifton Springs Methodist Church. Burial in the Riverview Cemetery. This will be a military funeral.
PFC Backus was born in Clifton Springs, July 25, 1923, the son of the late Edward Backus and Mrs. Ethel Backus Baker. The family moved to Rochester several years ago where Edward attended school. He was a high school senior at the time of his enlistment on January 8, 1942. Before his enlistment, Lawrence was a member of the Brighton Reformed Church and was active in the Young People’s work.
He trained with the U.S. Marines at Parris Island and New River, N.C., and on April 14th of that year left for the Pacific Area with his outfit, the 3rd Batt. Hq Co., 7th Marines, First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. Edward served on the Samoa Islands and was in Communications when he was killed on October 26, 1942. He was awarded the Presidential Citation for his conduct at the Battle of Guadalcanal, and his mother received the Purple Heart.
PFC Backus is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ethel Backus Baker, one sister, Janna Backus, his stepfather, Merwin S. Baker, one stepbrother, Donald E. Baker, all of 1019 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mackey of Smethport, Pa.


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 2 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 72437391
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Lawrence Edward Backus (26 Jul 1923–26 Oct 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 72437391, citing Riverview Cemetery, Phelps, Ontario County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .