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Staff Sergeant Jake Junior Fields

Pvt. Jake Fields
397th Engineers Co.
Camp Clairborne, Louisiana
postmarked 9 December, 1941

Letter Addressed to:

Mrs. Alice Fields
Palacios, Texas

Letter written on Thirty-Fourth Division, Camp Claiborne, LA. Stationery


Dear Mom,

Well, the President declared war today. Outfits all around us are leaving for the West Coast. Our furloughs have been called off, temporarily, but we may still get them. I will know at the end of this week but they look doubtful. I am planning on coming home next Sat. If nothing else happens. That is in case we really don't get furloughs. I will send you a telegram as to what I am going to do.

Today was my first day of K.P. I have two more, I am really tired, but have a lot more to do tonite. Don't worry about all that has happened. I don't think it will affect me, neither does our captain. And if it does I am in a non-combat unit and won't be doing any fighting. I know you are worried but there is no need to be. I am with a good outfit.

Well, Mom I have a lot to do so I'll close. I'll write again tomorrow nite.

I love you very much. Love, Jake

Courtesy of Charles Henry Fields

Palacios Beacon
on Thursday, 1 April and Thursday, 8 April of 1943:
"Jake Fields gave his family a most welcome surprise last weekend, when he came in for a visit.  Jake left the States over a year ago for foreign duty and has seen service on some of the most important bases in the Pacific.  He has had some wonderful experiences and thinks the Army life is grand, but being home and seeing his baby for the first time is the greatest thrill of all.  After his visit here he returns to the west coast where he will be located for some time at a training center."
 "A coincidence:  While R. C. Wilkerson, Jr. was at a bus station in Rosenberg Saturday, someone tapped him on the shoulder.  Turning around, he faced his cousin, Tech. Sgt. Jake Fields, Jr. [sic], who has been stationed at Pearl Harbor for the past two years.  Tech. Sgt. Fields was en route to Palacios to spend his 20-day furlough with his mother, wife and baby whom he has never seen.---Needville Items, in Richmond, Texas Coaster."
 "Charles Wilkerson of the Police Department of Houston is here for the week visiting his mother, Mrs. J. C. Wilkerson and family, and is especially enjoying the visit due to the fact that he can be here with his nephew, Jake Fields, who is here on a furlough after being on duty the past fourteen months in the Pacific."

Courtesy of MaryFrances Flournoy                               

Photo above and at right, taken in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Unloading supplies on a Leyte beach

One Missing, Two Injured Is War Toll For The Week
Jake Fields, Harold Baldwin, Wilbard Eggemeyer Listed.

Palacios has three war casualties reported this week, one Jake Fields, missing in the Pacific War Theatre.....

The third casualty message came from the War Department Monday afternoon to Mrs. Jake Fields, that her husband was reported missing in action since October 25, in the Leyte invasion of the Philippines.

S/Sgt. Jake J. Fields is the son of Mrs. Alice Fields, of Palacios, and grandson of Mrs. J. C. Wilkerson. He was born and raised here and had been in the service about three years.

Palacios Beacon, November, 1944

Leyte Cemetery under construction.
Photo Courtesy of the LT.COL. O. H. Davidsmeyer collection

Ceremonies to commemorate
first flag-raising ceremony
at Leyte cemetery.



Photo Courtesy of the
LT.COL. O. H. Davidsmeyer collection


Mrs. Alice Fields has been notified that the remains of her son, S/Sgt. Jake J. Fields are being returned to the states from the South Pacific area, where he was killed October 25, 1944, on the island Leyte.

The Palacios Funeral Home will receive the body when it arrives and re-burial services will be conducted by the local VFW Post.

The Palacios Beacon, March 31, 1949

Courtesy of Shirley Brown

Reburial Services Scheduled Today  For Jake J. Fields

Reburial services for Staff Sergeant Jake J. Fields will be held Thursday, April 21, 1949 at 3:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Rayford B. Harris officiating.
Lt. Wm. Lloyd Queen Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct services at the grave in the Palacios cemetery.  Palacios Funeral Home will have charge of arrangements and business houses are to be closed from 3 o'clock until after the services.
Staff Sergeant Fields was born in Palacios January 27, 1919, and spent most of his life here.  He attended the local schools but graduated from the Blessing High School with the class of 1939.  He answered the call of his country in World War II on June 16, 1941, and went with the Army, leaving in a few months for overseas duty.  After serving one year there he was returned to the United States where he spent 18 months and again was sent overseas.  He was on duty in the South Pacific and five days after landing on the island of Leyte he was killed in action on October 25, 1944.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Alice Fields, son Charles Henry Fields, grandmother, Mrs. Lena Wilkerson, besides aunts and uncles and other relatives.

Transcribed by MaryFrances Flournoy from the Palacios Beacon, Palacios, Texas (a newspaper published in Matagorda County, Texas), Front Page, dated Thursday, the 21st of April of 1949. Posted by permission of the editor of the Palacios Beacon.


Funeral services for Sgt. Jake Junior Fields, age 25, who died October 25, 1944, in Leyte, P. I., will be held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. from the First Presbyterian Church in Palacios. The Rev. Earl Price will officiate with interment in the Palacios cemetery under the directions of Taylor Bros. Funeral Home and the VFW in charge of the service.

Sgt. Fields is survived by his mother, Mrs. Alice Fields, and a son, Charles Henry Fields, of Palacios.

The body will arrive by Missouri Pacific train Thursday noon and will be taken overland to Palacios.

Matagorda County Tribune
, April 21,1949

Re-Burial Services For S-Sgt. Jake J. Fields Held Here Thursday.

Last rites were held Thursday afternoon for S/Sgt. Jake J. Fields at the First Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. Rayford B. Harris, with the Veterans of Foreign Wars in charge of the re-burial service in the cemetery.

Business houses were closed and schools were dismissed to do honor for another of our boys who had given his life for his country.

Relatives and friends here last Thursday for the reburial services of S/Sgt. Jake J. Fields, were Mrs. Caroline Holsheuser of Victoria; Mrs. R. C. Wilkerson of Needville; Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Wilkerson, Jr. of Wharton; Mrs. Ella Frnka of El Campo; Pat Smith of El Campo; Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Dorsey of Freeport; Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Fields and Tommy of Bay City; A. N. and Gene Sandusky of Houston.

The Palacios Beacon, April 28, 1949

Courtesy of Shirley Brown

Local V.F.W. Post Complimented for  Reburial Services

Sergeant first class Bill Paul of the Q.M. Department at Fort Worth, who accompanied the remains of S/Sgt. Jake J. Fields, complimented the local VFW Post for the excellent manner in which they conducted the service, stating that he had traveled from coast to coast, and north to the south for some 150 such services but had seen none to equal the one he had just witnessed.
Sgt. Paul also paid high tribute to the ladies who sang, saying he had never heard it more beautifully rendered than it was that day by Misses Letha Yearwood, Jack Huddleston, Bobby Jean and Ginger Richards, Mrs. Gladys Brooking, Mrs. Gladys Claybourn and Mrs. Elnora Oglesby.

Transcribed by MaryFrances Flournoy from the Palacios Beacon, Palacios, Texas (a newspaper published in Matagorda County, Texas), Front Page, dated Thursday, the 28th of April of 1949.  Posted by permission of the editor of the Palacios Beacon.

Alice Lena Fields


Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Lena Fields were held at the First Presbyterian Church Sunday, January 14, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Leslie Webb officiating. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.

Born January 29, 1892, in Cuero, Texas, she was the daughter of Charles "Jake" and Lena Miller Wilkerson. She had been a resident of Palacios for 70 years, where for many years she operated a care and grocery store. Her only child, Jake, was killed during World War II. She suffered a heart attack at her home Friday morning, January 12, and was dead on arrival at Wagner General Hospital.

She is survived by one grandson, Charles Henry Fields, two great grandchildren, Candie [Cynthia?] and David Fields, all of San Antonio; one sister, Miss Elizabeth Wilkerson of Palacios and three brothers, Charles Wilkerson of Wharton, Vernon Wilkerson of San Antonio and Van Wilkerson of San Diego, Calif.

Palacios Beacon, January 17, 1973

Photo courtesy of Charles Henry Fields

Funeral Services Held in Houston Friday for
George DeWitt 'Tod' Fields


Funeral services for George DeWitt 'Tod' Fields, 68, of Houston were held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Heights Chapel with Rev. Roy E. Ladd officiating.  Burial was in the Brookside Cemetery.
Survivors include his sister, Mrs. Myrtle Daughtry, El Paso; brothers, Phil Fields, Belton; Rev. J. S. [James Franklin] Fields, Big Spring; Luke Fields, Hereford; Ted and Raymond Fields, Palacios.

Transcribed by MaryFrances Flournoy from the Palacios Beacon, Palacios, Texas (a newspaper published in Matagorda County, Texas) Page 8 dated  Thursday, the 25th of April of 1963 

George DeWitt "Tod" Fields' Death Date 17 April 1963


GEORGE DeWITT FIELDS, 68, of 426 West 43rd Ave, died Wednesday.  Member of Baptist Temple, VFW.  Survivors:  Sister, Mrs. Myrtle Daughtry, El Paso; brothers, Phil Fields, Belton, Rev. J. F. Fields, Big Spring, Luke Fields, Hereford, Ted and Raymond Fields, both of Palacios; nephew, C. E. Fields, Houston; number of other nieces and nephews.  Services 2:30 PM Friday, Heights Chapel, Rev Roy E. Ladd.   Burial Brookside Cemetery.  Heights Funeral Home, Underwood 2-8844.

Transcribed by MaryFrances Flournoy from the Houston Post, Houston, Texas (a newspaper published in Harris County, Texas), Section 1, Page 16, dated Friday, the 19th of April of 1963


Sunday afternoon at four o’clock, at the M. E. parsonage, occurred the marriage of Miss Alice Wilkerson and Mr. George De Witt Fields. The young people were accompanied by the Misses Lizzie Wilkerson and Helen Wagner. Immediately after the ceremony the immediate relatives of the contacting parties gathered at the home of J. C. Wilkerson where the wedding supper, such as only Mrs. Wilkerson could prepare, was served. The bride is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Wilkerson and has grown to young womanhood in Palacios where she has a host of friends who wish her well. While the groom is a comparative new comer he has made many warm friends. The young people at once went to housekeeping in a home prepared by the groom.

Palacios Beacon, August 17, 1917

Family photos and documents courtesy of Charles Henry Fields, son of SSgt Fields.


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