Stambaugh, Warren Gambiel (P2, C4, L40)
First Sergeant Warren Gambiel Stambaugh, 24, of Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky died of wounds on Leyte Island, Philippines on 14 December 1944. Stambaugh was wounded in action on 10 December 1944 while serving with his unit on federal active duty in the area of Buri Air Field on Leyte.
Stambaugh enlisted with Headquarters Detachment, 2nd Battalion, 149th Infantry, Kentucky National Guard, at Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky, on 7 June 1938. He was inducted in federal service on 17 January 1941, with his unit. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
Stambaugh is buried in the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippine Islands. Plot A, Row 13, Grave 111. They list his name as Stambough. He also shares a headstone with his son, Warren Glenn Stambaugh, in the Wedonia Cemetery in Mason County.
NOTE: A family headstone and newspaper accounts spell his last name as Stambaugh. The majority of his military records also spell his name as Stambaugh. However many of his records do spell it as Stambough. His listing with the American Battle Monuments Commission Manila American Cemetery spell his name as Stambough. At the time the Memorial was being constructed this evidence was taken to be authoritative on the spelling and as a result his name on the Memorial was spelled as Stambough. Further research for his biography has revealed the error and his name has been corrected - Stambaugh.
Pvt. Stambaugh Wounded on Leyte
Public Ledger Maysville, Kentucky Page 1 - Jan. 15, 1945
Pvt. Warren G. Stambaugh, 24 yr. old father of a five-month-old son born on August 8, that he has never seen, was slightly wounded December 10 in the fighting on Leyte, in the Philippine Islands. This news· was contained in a War Department telegram delivered Monday morning to his 23-year-old wife. Mrs. Margaret Maley Stambaugh, office employee at the R.J. Reynolds Company plant here, who is residing with her mother, Mrs. Marie Ryan Maley, at 206 West Third Street.
Monday's casualty wire was the second delivered to this address in slightly more than a month. On December 8 Mrs. Maley had official notification that the elder of her two service-sons. Staff Sgt. James Maley, 22, had been slightly wounded November 23 in Germany. Only one letter has come from him since that time and his mother is becoming increasingly apprehensive.
The telegram to the young wife and mother ended a long period of anxious waiting for word of her soldier-husband. It was six weeks ago she had her last letter from him under date of November 15.
Pvt. Stambaugh, who was reared by his aunt, Mrs. Glenn Howe, and Mr. Howe of the Lewisburg community, entered service with the Kentucky National Guards in January of 1941, After approximately two years at Camp Shelby, Miss., he was sent to Camp Livingston, La., and then overseas a year ago this month.
Pvt. And Mrs. Stambaugh’s little boy, Warren Glenn was born on August 8.
Friends of the family will have sincerest hopes that an early progress report will reveal that the wounded soldier is making normal improvement.
Warfare Cost Life of Pvt. Stambaugh
Death Occurs December 14 on Leyte Isle
23-Year-Old Widow as Told Jan. 15 Soldier Was “Slightly Wounded” December 10
Public Ledger Maysville, Kentucky Page 1 - Jan. 26, 1945
Called away from her office duties at the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Friday afternoon to sign for the message, Mrs. Margaret Maley Stambaugh received the crushing news that her husband. 1st Sgt. Warren G. Stambaugh, 24, had died on Leyte Island December 14 from wounds received in action.
Word to inflict a deep and lasting hurt at the best, the War Department telegram came as particularly shocking news in as much as 23-year-old widow had been told on January 15 that her husband was only "slightly wounded." The casualty occurred on Leyte in the Philippine Islands on December 10. Death claimed the soldier four days later.
Father of a five- month- son he never saw. Sgt. and Mrs. Stambaugh were married at St. Patrick's rectory here on May 8, 1943.
A young man of sterling qualities, fine in his integrity and affable in nature, he was looked upon with esteem by all who knew him and his death from wounds in battle will sorely afflict his friends and family connection. Sincerest sympathy will go out to his grief-stricken widow and to his maternal aunt, Mrs. Glenn Howe, of Lewisburg, who had been "mother" to him from the time he was nine months old.
Sgt. Stambaugh was born July 28, 1920 at Kenova, W. Va., son of the late George and Mary Brummett Stambaugh. He came to Mason County as a babe in arms to reside in the Glenn Howe home and he was graduated from Lewisburg High School in 1939.
After assisting his uncle on the farm, Sgt. Stambaugh entered service with the Kentucky National Guards in January of 1941. After approximately two years at Camp Shelby, Miss., he was sent to Camp Livingston, La., and then to the South Pacific a year go this month.
Friday’s casualty wire was the second affecting Mrs. Stambaugh. On November 23 her older brother in service, Staff Sgt. James Maley 22, was “slightly wounded” in Germany.
Besides his widow, who resides at 206 West Third street with her mother, Mrs. Marie Ryan Maley, and his baby son, Warren Glenn, who was born last August 8, the ware victim is survived by two sister and four brothers. They are Mrs. Shaw Howe of Lewisburg, Mrs. John Ramey and William Stambaugh, of Paintsville, Ky, Ernest Stambaugh of Covington; Virgil Stambaugh, U.S. Navy, and Troy Stambaugh with the American troops in the European theater of operations.
Stambaugh’s son, Warren Glenn Stambaugh, was a distinguished Virginia lawmaker and attorney. He died Nov. 14, 1990 at the age of 46 from an apparent heart attack. He was born after his father was deployed overseas and they never met. The younger Stambaugh graduated St. Patrick's High School, Maysville and was a National Merit scholar. He moved to the Washington D.C. area to attend the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, from which he graduated. He received a law degree from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., and ran a general law practice in Arlington, Virginia. Stambaugh was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates serving there from 1974 until 1990. He is noted for his authorship and passage of the Virginians with Disabilities Act, which extended civil rights protections to the disabled.