Harry Rex VanZile
Pfc. Rex VanZile Killed In Action
Pfc. Harry Rex VanZile, 20, was killed in action with the Marines in the South Pacific, according to a telegram received yesterday
(July 24, 1944) by his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Harry VanZile, 226 East Eighth street. He was known to have been in action with the 29th Marines.
A 1942 graduate of Ashland high school, where he played varsity football, he entered the Marines Corps on Feb. 25, 1943. He was overseas a year this month after having spent six months in training at San Diego, Cal.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Betty Sigler, of Portland, Ore.
Get Letter From VanZile's Buddy, July 29, 1944
Some hope that Pfc. Harry R. VanZile, reported by the War department, as being killed in action with the Marines in the South Pacific, is still alive is being investigated.
Mr. And Mrs. VanZile received a telegram last Sunday stating that their son had been killed.
Tuesday of this week a letter from Roy L. Tedders, a buddy of Pfc. VanZile, was received by the latter's parents stating that in the second day of the battle of Saipan, Rex was slightly wounded. The first report of the landing on Saipan was announced on June 16.
Tedders stated that both of them had gone through the battle of Tarawa together and were sent back to Hawaii for a rest period.
A photostatic copy of the V-mail letter has been sent to the Adjutant General's office in Washington asking that the letter be checked.