Elbert Smith Hale was a World War II veteran who was killed in the war.  He was a son of Mrs. Florence Hale.

Lake Placid News, August 18, 1944

Pfc. Hale Wounded

Pfc. Elbert Smith Hale, 23, of Saranac Lake was seriously wounded in action in Italy on July 13, according to a telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Florence Hale.

The telegram informed Mrs. Hale that her son had been evacuated to a hospital behind the lines or in North Africa or England.

Pvt. Hale has been in action in Italy since May. His sister Pfc. Barbara Pearle Hale, is serving with the medical corps of the WAC.

Lake Placid News, November 10, 1944

Pfc. Hale Wounded

Pfc. Elbert S. Hale, son of Mrs. Florence Hale, Saranac Lake, has been wounded in action for the second time while fighting in Italy. Mrs. Hale was informed that her son was wounded on October 16, and had not known that he had returned to active duty. He has previously been wounded on July 13 and evacuated to a hospital in France. She received letters from him in which he said that he was improving and had received the Purple Heart, and with no further news, believed him to be still in the hospital.