Pottawattamie County

Capt. Paul L. Bach

Died 09 Jul 1943




Japs Promised Death to American Prisoners
If Islands Invaded, Major Brown Declares

Bach First Casualty.

. . . The 24th field artillery . . . was at Clark field, near Staatsenburg [the Philippines] when the blow came on Dec. 8, 1951. Maj. [Albert “Al”] Brown was with the 24th FA of Gen Wainwrights’ Philippine division when the Japs came over Clark field on Dec. 8, and recalled that Capt. Paul Bach of Council Bluffs was one of the first American war casualties of the islands, being struck by bomb fragments. Cap. Bach later died of dysentery in a Jap prison camp.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Monday, October 22, 1945, Page 1

Funeral Rites for Capt. Paul L. Bach

The body of Capt. Paul L. Bach, 33, son of Mrs. Anna Bach, 351 Willow avenue, will arrive in Council Bluffs Monday for funeral services and burial

Capt. Bach died July 9, 1943, in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippine Islands.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Elks club, Club Montana, and Our Savior’s Lutheran church.

Besides his mother, he is survived by a brother, LaVerne, of Council Bluffs.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Our Savior’s Lutheran church, with the Rev. Lawrence Slersbeck officiating. The American Legion will conduct military rites at the grave in Walnut Hill cemetery.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sunday, September 11, 1949, Page 10