Lilbern Martin Bales was born on 1 September 1921, the son of Jesse Andrew Bales and Kate Irene Pratt.
Died 8 May 1945
Buried at Pleasant View Cemetery
Technician 5th Class
126th Infantry, Headquarters Company
The Sunday Gazette and Mail, Morristown, May 25, 1945
Cpl. Lilbern Bales was killed in action on Luzon, the Philippines, on May 8th, according to a message received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Bales of Talbott. He was a wireman in an infantry company of the famed 32nd “Red Arrow” Division, and had participated in three campaigns against the Japs. The Philippine Commonwealth government has recently awarded him the Liberation Medal.
Cpl. Bales entered the army in October, 1942 and left the States for overseas duty in March 1943. He saw service at Aitape in New Guinea, on the island of Morotai, on Leyte, and later on Luzon, where he was aiding in the final drive down the Ormoc corridor. Before entering the service, Cpl. Bales was a woodworker for Gluck Bros., Inc., this city.
- Rank: Technician 5th Class
- Date of birth: 1 September 1921
- Date of death: 8 May 1945
- County: Hamblen
- Hometown: Talbott
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 126th Infantry, Headquarters Company
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Pleasant View Cemetery, Hamblen County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Top Panel
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