Leonard DeWitt Bailey was born in Detoirt, Michigan. He was the son of Grover Cleveland Bailey and Viva McCormick. He had several siblings; sister, Mrs. Wilson (Margaret) Becker of Ann Arbor, Mich.; brother Grover Bailey Jr., of Ann Arbor; Donald of Chattanooga and Roy of Ducktown.

He died while in the service at Alexandria, LA. on 5 July 1941.
Buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery

67th Field Artillery Regiment, Headquarters Battery

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 06 July 1941:
Sgt. Leonard DeWitt Bailey, 27, a member of the Sixty-Seventh field artillery at Camp Polk, La., and son of Grover Bailey, 1827½  Rossville boulevard, was found shot to death on a grave road just outside Alexandria, La., shortly after 2 o’clock yesterday morning. A woman companon, Miss Anna Moore, 19, of Cheneyville, La., was lying beside Sergt. Bailey, with shotgun wounds, believed not serious. According to a report by Capt. Houston D. Greene, of the Louisiana state police, Sergt. Bailey and Miss Moore had been let out of a car by Corpl. J.C. Ford and Private Charles Bryant, also of the Sixty-seventh field artillery, about 1 a.m. The corporal and the private then drove to a nearby night club, returning a few minutes after 2 a.m. with three girls. They found Baily and Miss Moore lying in the road in a pool of blood, Capt. Greene stated. Bailey died a short time later.
No arrest had been made last night. Sergt. Bailey enlisted in the army in Chattanooga slightly more than a year ago and was sent to Columbus, O., for duty. He was transferred to Camp Polk after being made a sergeant in April of this year. A resident of Chattanooga since 1929, he had worked at the Tennessee Stove Works, the Chattanooga Stamping and Enameling company and the TVA. Sergt. Bailey was born in Detroit, Mich., where his mother, estranged from her husband, now resides. Funeral plans had not been complete last night.

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 16 January 1914
  • Date of death: 5 July 1941
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 67th Field Artillery Regiment, Headquarters Battery
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Middle Panel
  • Sponsored by: Cynthia Anchondo

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