World War IIUS Army
118th General Hospital
Service Number: O-450764
Died: March 10, 1945 in the Philippines
Buried: Manila American Cemetery, Plot F, Row 14, Grave 63, Philippines
Brother of Mina (Mrs. Joe) Graham of Wray. Bert Sampson was from Parks, Nebraska.
Manila American Cemetery
Photo by ABMC Staff
Wray Gazette May 1945
LT Sampson Dies in Action in Philippines
Brother of Mrs. Joe C. Graham Was Veteran of 14 Years of Army Service.
Mrs. Joe C. Graham learned Monday that her brother, Lieutenant Bert Sampson, a former Laird resident and a veteran of 14 years of Army service, had been killed in action probably in the Philippines. Word of Lt. Sampson's death was received on May 8 by his son, who lives with his mother in Astoria, Oregon.
Lieutenant Sampson was injured in the Leyte campaign and was hospitalized in Hawaii at Christmas time. He had recovered from this injury and letters to his sister indicated that he had asked to return to active duty in the Philippines. He had served during the present war in Australia, New Guinea, and other South Pacific areas prior to the Philippine invasion.
Besides his son, Duane, he has a wife who is a native of Sydney, Australia and who had been waiting her visa to come here to await her husband's return from active duty.
Parks, Nebraska newspaper May 1945
Recently word was received that Lt. Bert Sampson passed away on the 10th day of March, 1945 on Leyte Island, Philippine Islands as a result of injuries sustained in an airplane crash.
Bert Sampson, the son of Albert Sampson, was reared north of Parks and after completing the public school he entered and graduated from Parks High School. He was a studious and aggressive chap, determined to get a medical education. His zeal for obtaining the goal of his life lead him to enter the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army as a private. He attained the rank of Lieutenant, all gained by effort and sacrifice.
The path of his life directed him to live and die in the service of his country. And now e pay tribute and honor to his memory. We feel that our words of praise cannot do him the honor he merits; therefore we pray that God will reward him for his life and supreme sacrifice.
Only one sister, Mrs. A.C. Teel is here to witness this memorial service. His seven year old son resides at Portland and his wife is in Australia.
May the American Legion, in behalf of the entire community, express its sincere sympathy to the relatives. We regret very much that his wife is not here and therefore the flag cannot be presented.
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