Mr. and Mrs W. H. Washburne, Delhi, were notified by the War Department today of the loss of their son. T/Sgt. Willard H. Washburne, Jr., who was killed in action in the Philippines on January 24. He had also seen service in the Aleutian Islands and also in the Marshall Islands under General Arnold. As a member of the national guard, he was called into service in 1940. He wore the Bronze Star for service in the Marshalls and the Purple Heart I for a wound received on Leyte Island. He attended schools at Cotton Valley, Springhill and at Louisiana Tech in Ruston. Sergeant Washburne was the second son to be lost by Mr. and Mrs. Washburne. The other son died when his bomber crashed at Tampa, Fla., April 26, 1943. Surviving are the parents; one brother, Jack Washburne, torpedo man on a submarine somewhere in the Pacific; and four sisters, Mrs. J. E. Harper, Jonesville, and Mrs. Betty Gilly, Miss Jeannette Washburne, and Miss Marianne Washburne, Delhi.
DELHI, La., Aug. 22. — (Special) — The body of Tech. Sgt. Willard H. Washburn, Jr., who was killed in World War II in the Philippine Islands, will arrive here Thursday morning.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Delhi Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. G. F. Stinebaugh, officiating. Interment under the direction of the Mulhearn Funeral Home, will follow in the Delhi Masonic Cemetery.
Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Washburn, of Delhi, he is survived by a brother, Jack Washburn, of Farmerville, La.; and four sisters, Mrs. J. E. Harper, of Jonesville, and Mrs. Edward French, Miss Janet Washburn and Miss Marianne Washburn, all of Delhi.
Published in The Monroe News-Star (LA), Monday, August 22, 1949.