Iowa State Memorial Union

Dexter Bailey - 1st Lieutenant

Rank: 1st Lieutenant
Date Of Birth: : Mar 27, 1890
Date Of Death: Dec 2, 1918
War / Conflict: World War I
Hometown: Brookings, South Dakota
Gold Star Hall - Wall Location: East Wall (by Entrance Door)
Class Year: 1917
Service Branch: Army
ISU Major: Chemistry

Biography

Civilian Life

Dexter Edward Bailey received his bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Agricultural College. He earned a Master’s in Science at Iowa State College in 1917, majoring in Chemistry. After graduating, Bailey was the assistant chief in Dairying at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Ames. He was a hard, earnest worker and according to fellow students, was respected and loved by all his comrades. He was married to Grace R. Bailey.

Military Career

Bailey entered the service at the Officers’ Training Camp at Ft. Ogelthorpe, Georgia in April 1918. At the end of the school he received a commission as first lieutenant. On 30 July 1918 he was assigned to the Sanitary Corps at Camp Bowie, Texas where he conducted a nutritional survey of the camp. He was appointed Nutritional Officer for all of Camp Bowie on 21 September 1918. He died from bronchial pneumonia on 12 December 1918. Interment took place at his old home at Lowell, Massachusetts. The body was accompanied by Mrs. Bailey and Capt. Brown of the Sanitary Corps.

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