Polk County

Pvt. Ward Leete

Pvt. Ward Leete is spending a furlough in Des Moines after four months of active combat duty on Bougainville.  Private Leete was wounded by machine gun fire in the left arm Dec. 17.  He holds the purple heart award. After completing his furlough with his mother, Mrs. Kathryn Shawhan, 1206 Gratis ave., he will report to Schick General hospital at Clinton, Ia.

Source: Des Moines Tribune, Thursday, March 9, 1944