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R. V. Bailey

Lest We Forget


Date of Birth: August 17, 1931
Place of Birth: Sugartown, Louisiana
Date of Death: July 13, 1952
Burial Site: “In the Sugartown cemetery, with military rites”
Address of Record: Smyrna Community at Sugartown
Spouse: None
Children: None
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Asa D. Bailey (some sources show “Mr. and Mrs. Ace Bailey")
Siblings: W. D. Bailey (PFC, U. S. Army at the time R. V. was killed)
Mrs. Nell Lois Schales of San Antonio
School(s): Sugartown High School
Affiliations: Sugartown Baptist Church
Interests:He worked for Olin Mills Studio

Military Career - World War II

Branch: U. S. Army
Rank: Corporal
Serial Number: 54062228
Decorations: Silver Star
Purple Heart
Unit: G Company, 20th Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division
Battle or Circumstance: Korea, evidently “on the front line”, as stated in his last letter
Circumstances of Death: Details have not been found, but a few days before his death, R. V. wrote home saying he was on the front line, but “not to worry for he had not even seen one of the enemy except through field glasses” – and - “he would leave for a period of rest on the 14th of July.”
Comments: After R. V.’s death, his brother W. D. became the sole-surviving son. Because of this the Army permanently receded W. D.’ s orders to the “Far East”.


  • Contemporary Newspaper Account
  • Military Index
  • Western Union Death Notice
  • Medal Citations in his name
  • VA Record
Provided by Mildred Bailey, of DeRidder, his Sister-in-Law
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