Death Notice for Melvin Bainbridge in World War II
Hanover Sailor Is Now Reported Dead Hanover, 111., Dec. 18.—According to-a-message 'received from the navy department, Melvln A. Bainbridge, 22, of Hanover, who was previously reported as missing in action, Is now officially reported as dead. The message concerning, the young aviation ordnance mate has Just been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Bainbridge, here. Melvin was reported to have lost his life while serving aboard the United States aircraft carrier Ldscombe Bay when it was torpedoed torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese In the Gilbert Island campaign on Nov. 24, 1943. He enlisted in the navy on Oct. 16, 1942, and his principal training was received at Jacksonville, Fla. He left this country sometime In September', 1943 and met disaster with the aircraft carrier about two months later. He was born in Hanover Feb. 19, 1D22, and graduated from the Hanover Hanover community high school In June, 1941. He was employed' at the Hanover Woolen Mill and later at the Savanna Ordnance depot before entering the armed services. Besides his parents he leaves his widow, the former Ida Root, of Bloomlngton, Wls., to whom he was married In February, 1942, and one son, Nicky Adalr. He also is survived survived by one brother, Wilfred Bainbridge, Bainbridge, Jr., who is now in the navy service somewhere in the south Pacific area.