Born: 05 Apr 1925
Enlistment date: 05 Apr 1943 Fort Riley, Kansas
Units: A Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st
Rank: Private First Class
Specialisations: Machine Gunner
Qualifications: Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Wings
Decorations: Bronze Star, Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters. World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Theater Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars and 2 Bronze Arrowheads, Presidential Unit Citation, Distinguished Unit Badge with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf, French Croix de Guerre with Palm, Belgian Croix de Guerre, Belgian Fourragere, Netherlands Orange Lanyard
Discharge Date: 31 Dec 1945
Other Information: Don joined the army paratroops on his 18th birthday, April 5th, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. Through an error in military records he was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas and took basic training in the last active horse cavalry unit in the US, Troop E, 2nd Regiment, 1st Horse Cavalry. On completing basic training he affected a transfer to the Army Paratroops in Fort Benning, Georgia where he completed his paratrooper training. He then joined the 101st Airborne Division in Aldbourne, England the last week of February 1944 and was assigned to A (Able) Company, 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment.
Don fought in four major ETO campaigns of WWII, Normandy, The Netherlands, The Bulge, and Germany ending in Austria. He was wounded three separate times. For him, World War Two ended after the 101st Airborne Division had occupied Hitler’s home in Berchtesgaden, Germany. He was finally honourably discharged on December 31, 1945 in Camp Atterbury, Indiana, at age 20. From there he returned home January 01, 1946 to Detroit, Michigan.