The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Earl Deane Sands, who died in the service of his country on February 23rd, 1945 in Luzon. The cause of death was listed as KIA. At the time of his death Earl was 20 years of age. He was from Dilworth, Minnesota.
The decorations earned by PFC Earl Deane Sands include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
(From Wilbur Balls "Life In The Jungles", a history of G Company.)
The 35th Regiment moved 10 miles further southeast to Rizal and prepared to advance northward along Route 100 leading toward Balete Pass........ As we advanced along the narrow winding road during the first day, the column came to a sudden halt. The riflemen walking on both sides of the road had discovered camouflaged Japanese mines connected to concealed trip wires. PFC Earl Sands found himself in the center of the minefield. Reacting nervously, he attempted to jump free of the minefield catching a trip wire with his foot. We helplessly witnessed the explosion that followed blowing off both of Earls feet just above the ankles............PFC Sands died of his wounds later that day. I visited his grave at the U.S. Military Cemetery near Manila, Philippines, in 1958.
Earl was in the 2nd Squad, Third Platoon.