September 9, 1944

Actor Turned Marine Killed in Action
LONG BEACH, CAL.—Marine Corps sergeant Lee Powell, who before the war played the Lone Ranger in movies, was killed in action in the South Pacific. He had been in the South Pacific since November of 1942 and had seen action on both Tarawa late last year and Saipan this summer. These have been two of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific action. Although he would survive those actions, he ultimately lost his life in service of his country. The Navy announced Powell’s death on August 29. His wife Norma, now a war widow like so many other young women, said she was not informed where her husband had been killed. Powell stared in fifteen Lone Ranger serials produced by Republic Movies and released in 1938.

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