Francis E Dayton
The Montpelier Examiner, 26 Oct 1944
LOCAL MAN KILLED IN ACTION
S/Sgt. Francis E (Pete) Dayton, 33 of the infantry was killed in action, September 29 in Palsu Islands, his father, George F Dayton of Montpelier was officially informed Tuesday by Adjutant General J A Ulio. Staff Sergeant Dayton entered the service on June 17, 1942 and was trained at Camps Rucker, Alabama; Horn, Arizona; San Luis Obispo and Beale, California, before sailing to the Pacific theater of war in June this year. He was employed here in the maintenance and way department of the Union Pacific railroad before entering the service.
Outside of living two years in Dingle, where he was born on June 19, 1911, Staff Sergeant Dayton resided in Montpelier where he attended both grade and high school. Surviving besides his father are three sisters, Mrs. Sherman Dunn, Mrs. Clinton Hanson and Mrs. Blaine Ashcroft all of Montpelier; and two brothers, Darrell Dayton of Las Vegas, Nevada and Lewis M Dayton of Border Wyoming.