Mitchell County

S/Sgt. Raymond J. Corbesia


Ray Corbesia of Osage Killed in Action on Luzon

(Courier Special Service)
Osage, Ia.
—Staff Sgt. Ray Corbesia, 26, was killed in action in Luzon, according to word received in Osage Wednesday. The message was telephoned here by Ray’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Corbesia, who moved from this community to Faribault, Minn., a couple of years ago. Before that the family lived on the Van Fairbrother farm south of Osage.

Sergeant Corbesia was graduated from the Orchard high school, where he was an athletic star. He entered the service from this county June, 1941, and had never been home on furlough. He had been in foreign service for more than two years, serving at Guadalcanal, New Britain and Luzon, where he was with the 40th division, serving with MacArthur.

He is survived by his parents; his brother Floyd, with the Seabees stationed in the South Pacific; his sisters, Mrs. Lester Marvin and Mable, both at the parental home.

Mr. Marvin was killed in action in Germany last September.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, February 22, 1945

Orchard—Memorial solemn requiem high mass was held Sunday at Faribault, Minn., for Staff Sgt. Raymond Joseph Corbesia, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Corbesia, who died on Luzon Jan. 29, of gunshot wounds incurred while in action near Bamban on Luzon. He is buried on Luzon in a United States air forces cemetery.

Sergeant Corbesia entered the army June 20, 1941. In 1942, he was sent to the Hawaiian Islands and later to New Britain. He left New Britain for Luzon the last week of December, 1944.

At the age of 7, Corbesia moved with his family to New Haven, Ia., where he attended Immaculate Conception school. After being graduated from Orchard high school in 1938, he attended Iowa State College, Ames, Ia., and later worked on farms in the neighborhood of his home. He is survived by his parents; a brother, Floyd Corbesia, seaman first class stationed on Tinian island; and two sisters, Mrs. Rita Marvin and Mable Corbesia, of Faribault.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, April 22, 1945

Born: 07 Feb 1919
Died: 29 Jan 1945